Starting out in minimally invasive aortic valve replacement in the UK

Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2016 Jan;22(1):1-4. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivv279. Epub 2015 Oct 7.


Objectives: Here we aim to describe in detail the logical procedure and philosophical approach to establish a minimally access aortic valve replacement programme in the current era.

Methods: A real example of a National Health Service Trust in the United Kingdom has been described in a step-wise manner.

Results: The outcomes of the new procedure established in this fashion are reported and the philosophical lessons learnt from the experiences are highlighted.

Conclusions: It is hoped that this paper will act as a template for newly established surgeons to embark onto a mini-AVR programme. An open-minded and enthusiastic team will undoubtedly be able to facilitate the introduction of this 'new service'. A sensible approach will provide safe and sustainable outcomes.

Keywords: Aortic valve; Minimally invasive; Programme; Replacement.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aortic Valve / surgery*
  • Heart Valve Diseases / surgery*
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation / methods*
  • Humans
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • United Kingdom