Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery

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US News Cardiology 2019-20

At UT Southwestern Medical Center, we’re able to surgically repair heart valves without cracking the chest. With minimally invasive surgery, we need to make only a 2-inch incision to repair or replace a valve, and the recovery time is reduced to 10 days versus six weeks for traditional open surgery. 

The Destination of Choice for Patients Around the Country

Patients from around the country come to UT Southwestern for minimally invasive heart valve surgeries. 

Dr. Neelan Doolabh has performed more than 3,000 valve replacement surgeries through his minimally invasive approach, and UT Southwestern is leading the advancement of additional new surgical procedures that are even less intrusive on the body than other minimally invasive procedures.

Meet Dr. Neelan Doolabh

Dr. Doolabh, Director of the Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery Program at UT Southwestern, is part of an elite group of surgeons dedicated to the most technologically advanced surgical techniques for patients with heart disease. One of only a handful of surgeons in the world who perform heart valve replacement or repair surgery without doing a median or partial sternotomy, his approach results in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, less time spent on the heart-lung machine, and better overall outcomes. 

Go Inside the Operating Room

Watch Dr. Doolabh perform a minimally invasive mitral valve repair at UT Southwestern. Please note that this video contains graphic medical content.

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