Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery from an anesthesiologist’s perspective. #cardiac #mitral #tee #minimallyinvasive #robot #anesthesia #meded

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Surgically, more and more cases are performed through tiny incisions for minimal scarring.  Don’t let that underestimate the size of the procedure.  For example, mitral valve surgery is still a common procedure that involves a sternotomy (“cracking the chest”) and stopping the heart — it’s a big procedure.  However, surgeons have become adept at making smaller incisions while still undergoing the big procedure.

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