St. Joseph Health now offers minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, an advanced procedure that requires only a two-inch incision between the ribs rather than opening the breast bone. This method results in a shorter stay in the hospital and a faster recovery time, and a recent study shows low rates of stroke and high survival rates. By using this new procedure, the surgeon is able to make a much smaller incision and perform a more precise surgery. This results in fewer sutures, less pain for the patient, and a drastically shortened recovery period.
This minimally invasive procedure is useful for patients experiencing aortic stenosis. Symptoms of aortic stenosis include shortness of breath, swelling, fatigue, or a lessened ability to exert energy. The valve used in this procedure lasts years longer than previous valves, typically adding 10-15 years to a person’s life.
If you are experiencing aortic stenosis or an associated condition, you can trust the surgeons at St. Joseph Health. We combine state-of-the-art technology with compassionate care to deliver world class standards of wellness to our community in the Brazos Valley.