Procedures

MINIMALLY INVASIVE VALVE SURGERY

Used for the treatment of aortic valve disorders, insufficiency (leaking) or stenosis (tight); mitral valve disorders, insufficiency (99% of which are repaired) or stenosis; and tricuspid valve disorders.

CANDIDATE PATIENT

Virtually any patient that is undergoing isolated valve
surgery is a candidate for a minimally invasive approach. The small incisions of minimally invasive surgery, typically 3 inches, have the benefit of:

  • Less surgical trauma
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital length of stay (as little as 2 – 3 days in most instances)
  • Faster postoperative recovery (2 – 4 weeks as opposed to 6 – 10 weeks following the traditional approaches)
  • Improved cosmetic outcome

In these approaches, there is no breaking or removal of ribs. Instead, the space between the ribs is used to gain access to the problematic valve. Although this is a minimally invasive approach, the standard techniques of heart surgery are utilized, i.e. heart lung machine and stopping the heart.

Procedures performed by Dr. Lee

  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Impella Device
  • Maze Procedure
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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POST PROCEDURE PHOTOS

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Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair

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Mini Aortic Valve Replacement

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Minimally invasive valve surgery

PROCEDURE VIDEOS

Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair

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