Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery

  • W. Randolph ChitwoodJr.
Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)


This chapter focuses on a new approach to minimally invasive mitral surgery, performed via a minithoracotomy incision using telescopic video assistance. The term “minimally invasive” has different connotations, even among those surgeons considered pioneers in the field. For some, the term implies reduction of access trauma by use of a smaller incision; for others, the term connotes avoidance of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Yet others consider the combination of both necessary to merit this rubric.


Mitral Valve Mitral Valve Replacement Mitral Valve Repair Mitral Valve Surgery Superior Pulmonary Vein 
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