What does minimally invasive really mean?
Minimally invasive means our team can replace your aortic valve or even fix your mitral valve through a small hole. In the case of a tight aortic valve (aortic stenosis), which traditionally affects tens of thousands of patients, many of whom have traditionally been ineligible for surgery due to age or a health condition that makes surgery too high-risk. The TAVR procedure allows us to replace the aortic valve with a bioprosthetic valve (cow valve) through a small tube (catheter) in the patient’s groin, or through a small incision in the chest wall–either of which are performed without opening the chest wall as would traditionally be done in open-heart surgery. The procedure has been proven to save lives, dramatically improve outcomes, and reduce recovery time from several months, to just a few weeks – with an average hospital stay of two to four days.
Our team takes a similar approach to many other conditions, including mitral valve regurgitation (which may benefit from the Mitraclip procedure), or patients who have atrial fibrillation and aren’t great candidates for blood thinners, but may benefit from left atrial appendage closure. Other conditions treated include atrial and ventricular septal defects, PFO’s, pulmonary embolism, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, pericardial effusions, perivalvular leaks, shunts, fistulas and other congenital heart diseases.