Also, ask your surgeon how many minimally invasive surgeries he or she has done.
Whether you have the option of choosing to have minimally invasive
surgery instead of conventional valve surgery will depend on several things,
including whether your:
Doctor recommends it.
does minimally invasive surgery and recommends it for
One important limitation of minimally invasive surgery is that if
you also need to have coronary artery bypass surgery during your valve
replacement surgery, minimally invasive surgery may not be an option because it
does not provide sufficient access to your coronary arteries.