Dr. Antonios Pitsis, PhD, FETCS, FESC

Head of Cardiac Surgery

Endoscopic mitral valve repair

Endoscopic mitral valve repair

Endoscopic mitral valve repair

Most of the heart surgeries we perform at our center are totally endoscopic, minimally invasive and endovascular, with great benefits for our patients in terms of recovery time, minimizing postoperative pain and eliminating postoperative scars.

Our accumulated clinical experience, of more than fifteen thousand (15,000) heart surgeries, more than two thousand (2000) mitral valve repairs, four hundred (400) endoscopic heart surgeries, guarantees our good results.

Endoscopic mitral valve repair

100% of the mitral and tricuspid valve repairs we perform are completely endoscopic.

Endoscopic mitral valve repair

The comparative advantages of the method over open surgery are:

  • rapid mobilization and recovery of the patient
  • shorter stay in intensive care
  • shorter recovery time
  • less need for transfusions
  • lower rates of atrial fibrillation
  • significant reduction in postoperative pain
  • excellent cosmetic result

Patients can return to work and normal activity in a very short time (two to three weeks instead of two to three months).

Mitral valve disease was one of the first structural diseases of the heart where endoscopic and robotic techniques were used. Endoscopic mitral valve surgery is more successful than open surgery. One of the most important reasons for this is that the orientation of the mitral valve ring is towards the right axilla. Therefore, an endoscope placed in the right armpit achieves the perfect exposure of the valve.

The operation is performed by looking at the 3D image on the high resolution screen.

The valve repair techniques are similar to those used in open surgery.
Indications for endoscopic surgery are:

  • all repair interventions
  • all valve replacement operations

Contraindications (extremely rare)

  • dense adhesions due to previous operations on the right chest (lung resections)
  • severe peripheral vascular disease in the iliac arteries which did not allow entry into extracorporeal circulation

Endoscopic techniques will continue to improve rapidly with the help of technology.

The results of endoscopic surgery are and will remain better than any percutaneous technique, due to the high resolution image of all the elements of the valve and the large number of repair techniques used depending on the case.

Ενδοσκοπική επιδιόρθωση μιτροειδούς βαλβίδας
Information for cardiac patients
See the Cardiac Surgery Information Guide

Dr. Pitsis is the Head of Cardiac Surgery in Interbalkan Medical Center, Thessaloniki, Greece. He specialises in totally endoscopic, minimally invasive and endovascular techniques.

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