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.