Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Curr Opin Cardiol. 2011 Mar;26(2):118-22. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0b013e328343983a.

Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement: how does this perform in high-risk patients?

Author information

1
Division of Cardiac Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Minimally invasive techniques are increasingly important in aortic valve surgery. The aim of this publication is to review our experience and recent literature to assess and present the current 'state-of-the-art'-role of minimally invasive aortic valve operations for high-risk patients.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Minimally invasive aortic valve operation for high-risk patients (e.g. patients with left ventricular dysfunction, reoperation, elderly, multimorbid patients, etc.) can be performed with an operative mortality similar to standard sternotomy approach. Less postoperative bleeding, fewer blood transfusions, better cosmesis, lower ICU and in-hospital stays as well as the absence of sternal wound infection are the main advantages of this technique.

SUMMARY:

Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery has evolved into a well tolerated, efficient surgical treatment option in experienced centers, providing greater patient satisfaction and lower complication rates in high-risk patients.

PMID:
21297462
DOI:
10.1097/HCO.0b013e328343983a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wolters Kluwer
Loading ...
Support Center