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Minimally Invasive Valve Program at the Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center

Open surgery for valve repair and replacement involves cutting and spreading the breastbone, which extends healing time and increases the risk of infection and complications. Our Minimally Invasive Valve Program is unique in Houston in its primary focus on less-invasive approaches to valve surgery.

Specialists at the Program

The program is staffed by specialists with expertise in noninvasive cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiovascular surgery and cardiovascular imaging. Surgeons use mini-incisions to replace and repair heart valves, allowing many patients to avoid the traditional sternotomy, an incision in the center of the chest that separates the sternum (breastbone) to allow access to the heart.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Valve Repair

Minimally invasive approaches to valve repair and replacement decrease the need for blood transfusions, lower the risk of infection, shorten hospital stays and allow for an earlier return to productivity.

Our affiliated physicians provide preoperative, operative and critical care for all valve diseases, including:

  • Mitral valve regurgitation
  • Aortic valve regurgitation
  • Mitral valve stenosis
  • Aortic valve stenosis

Diseases Treated

They care for patients with congenital, degenerative, rheumatic and ischemic heart valve disease, as well as patients whose disease is related to valve endocarditis.

Valve Repair Research 

Many of our innovative approaches to valve repair are based on research done at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Clinical research team members serve as principal investigators in local, national and international research trials, and publish the results of their research in major subspecialty journals and general medical journals such as Annals of Thoracic Surgery and Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Contact Us

For more information on our services for patients with valve disease, or for a referral to an affiliated physician, call 713.7CARDIO (713.722.7346).