Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
Traditional heart surgery requires the surgeon to "split the breast bone."
Sternal sparing approaches use alternative incisions through which to perform surgery. These include a mini-thoractomy (though the rib spaces) and a hemi-sternotomy (a partial incision through the breast bone).
Minimally invasive valve surgery is a breakthrough approach to treating heart valve disease. Rather than making a large incision through the breastbone (sternum) to gain access to the heart, this method uses sophisticated instruments to perform the surgery through a smaller incision at the side of the chest.
Minimally invasive surgery has many benefits, including the following:
Cardiac surgeons at the Barnabas Health Heart Centers, who are leaders in the field of minimally invasive valvular heart surgery, have performed more of these procedures than surgeons at any other hospital in the region. Minimally invasive valve surgery is a highly advanced technique that requires special expertise and equipment. Only select hospitals offer this approach