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State of the Heart at Jackson

Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery now available at Jackson Hospital.

Advances in technology have made minimally invasive mitral valve surgery a reality at Jackson Hospital. Now, instead of a 9-inch sternotomy or splitting of the breastbone, a small, 3-inch incision can be made on the right side of the chest, adjacent to the nipple.

There are three common techniques being used on heart patients at Jackson hospital:
  1. Robotic mitral valve repair.
  2. Thoroscopic assisted mitral valve repair.
  3. Direct visualization on a fibrillating heart.
"Comparing the three techniques, each one has its advantages and disadvantages, and each technique has different inclusion and exclusion criteria," said Stephen Kwan, MD, of Capital Cardiothoracic, P.C., in Montgomery. "Some patients may qualify for one technique and not the others."

These techniques are not for all surgeons and patients. Still, for some patients, minimally invasive mitral valve surgery will mean a shorter hospital stay, less pain and faster recovery time, Dr. Kwan said.

Robotic Mitral Valve Repair
Robotic mitral valve surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery in which the surgeon uses a specially designed computer console to control
surgical instruments attached to robotic arms. the robotic arms are inserted through a 1- to 2-centimeter incision in the right side of the chest. the surgeon’s hands control the movement and placement of the instruments that perform the procedure.

Robotic mitral valve surgery provides the surgeon with an undistorted, three-dimensional view of the surgery site with the use of a special
camera. this procedure allows surgeons to perform complex repairs without the need for dividing the breast bone or spreading the ribs, in most cases.
Surgeons are also able to provide excellent cosmetic results.
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