Mini-Thoracotomy

Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

Minimally invasive valve surgery — that just does not roll off the tongue like “robotic” surgery. The robot stands for the Da Vinci telemanipulator and is one of the great successes of modern marketing in medicine. Initially developed to give excellent 3-dimensional visualization along with the ability of remote surgical manipulation, the Da Vinci robotic(…)

Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery

The aortic valve is usually under or immediately behind the top half of the sternum. To access the aortic valve, a minimally invasive approach can be used. Depending on the size and tortuosity of the aorta, this valve could be on the left or right of the midline. The approach to the aortic valve can(…)

Chest Wall and Sternal Reconstruction

The sternum or the breast-bone is an important component of the chest wall. First of all, it sits in front of the heart and protects it from injury. The sternum forms joints with the upper six ribs on both sides and allows them to move up and down, thereby aiding in breathing. The sternum by(…)