This article will explain the technical details that allow a heart surgeon expert make an aortic valve replacement with a 2 “engraved on the right side of the chest, between the ribs (minithoracotomy). This approach has several advantages over the traditional open heart operation done through a long foot split breast bone. Here is a detailed description of this revolutionary technique:
An engraving by 2 “is created between the third and fourth rib on the right side of thorax
The heart-lung machine of all connections are performed through this small incision
The aortic valve is easily exposed and removed all calcifications
A new biological, mechanical valve or autologous is placed
A local anesthetic is infiltrated in the spaces between the ribs to ensure excellent pain control
The incision is closed in layers and the skin is reapproximated with plastic surgery techniques
The patient is then transferred to the recovery room
This technique of minimally invasive heart surgery is available in specialized centers and a growing number of patients are traveling sometimes considerable distances to enjoy his superior results, namely:
Much less pain and bleeding of a sternotomy in immediate surgery
A quicker recovery and wound healing
No physical limitations during recovery because no broken bone
Less chance of infection of the wound
A great cosmetic results with a barely noticeable scar from the midline. Cannot be seen through an open shirt, shirt or dress
Become an informed consumer and know your options. If your local hospital cannot offer this call centre experience of minimally invasive heart surgery reputable and inquire about your particular operation.
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