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Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Working through a very small axillary incision, BIDMC surgeons repair and replace the mitral valve. Currently, mitral valve surgery often is done through a 1.5- to 2-inch incision under the right armpit, an approach pioneered at BIDMC. Results over three years show that efficacy is similar to the open procedure - but with a less painful incision, shorter length of stay, faster recovery (and early return to work) and better cosmetic outcome. Using a combination of state-of-the-art technology and newly developed (at BIDMC) minimally invasive devices, this type of surgery has become routine at BIDMC.

Patients Appropriate for Referral:

Patients with valvular diseases, both stenotic and regurgitant

Contact Information

Cardiac Surgery
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building, 2A
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215