Minimally-invasive Heart Valve Surgery

Advances in minimally invasive heart valve surgery are providing a wide range of benefits to Swedish patients, including faster recovery times and scarring that is much less visible. Minimally invasive heart surgery requires the skills of a team of cardiac specialists, including surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, perfusionists, assistants and the operating room nursing staff. The Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute is widely recognized for its experienced and highly trained teams of cardiac specialists.

Benefits of Minimally-Invasive Heart Valve Surgery

Thousands of minimally invasive cardiac surgeries are performed each year in the United States, providing a number of benefits to patients. One of the most important is avoiding a sternotomy, or open-chest surgery. On average, patients who have had minimally invasive heart surgery with no complications are in the hospital for four days. In comparison, the average stay after a full, open-chest surgery is five to 10 days.

All Swedish cardiac patients who require valve repair or replacement are considered candidates for minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

  • Mitral valve repair or replacement
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Tricuspid valve repair or replacement
  • Atrial septal defect repairs
  • MAZE procedure for atrial fibrillation

Providers Specializing in Minimally-invasive Heart Valve Surgery

At Swedish, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.

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