Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery via Mini-Thoracotomy: Current Update
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In recent years, minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MIMVS) has established itself as an alternative and increasingly used option for patients with mitral valve (MV) pathology. MIMVS is associated with a very low perioperative morbidity and mortality rate in appropriately selected patients, comparable to a full sternotomy approach. Besides superior cosmetic results, patients after MIMVS enjoy shorter recovery times and earlier returns to full activity. A number of approaches are branded as minimally invasive, but the most widely used one entails peripheral cardiopulmonary bypass and a small right anterolateral mini-thoracotomy. The operative technique and outcomes of this approach are summarized in the current update.
KeywordsMinimally invasive Mitral valve repair Mini-thoracotomy Endoscopic
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Serguei I. Melnitchouk, Jacob P. Dal-Bianco, and Michael A. Borger each declare no potential conflicts of interest.
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