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Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery


Rajeev Kathuria, MD, is the chief of Surgery and practices at Banner Boswell Medical Center.

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ASK THE EXPERT: Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Video - Full Transcription

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Image: Rajeev Kathuria, MD, speaks on-camera throughout the video

Dr. Rajeev Kathuria, Chief of Surgery
Banner Boswell Medical Center

Audio: “I’m Dr. Rajeev Kathuria, chief of surgery at Banner Boswell Medical Center.”

Image: Skeletal structure of the human chest


Audio: "Traditional open-heart surgery requires cutting through the breast bone to access the heart. Though this method is still how the vast majority of heart surgeries performed, advances in technology have enabled us the option of minimally invasive techniques.”

Image: Graphic of human’s heart.

Text: Aortic & Mitral Valve Surgery

Audio: “There are many benefits to minimally invasive surgery. In the case of aortic and mitral valve surgery, this technique enables surgeons to access a specific section of the heart…”

Text: 2 – 3 Inch Incision

Audio: “…through a roughly two or three inch incision between the ribs on the right side of the chest.”

Text: A Small Incision in the Groin

Audio: “Additionally, a small incision in the groin provides access to the femoral vessels in the leg so patients can be put on the heart-lung machine for the duration of the operation.”

Text: Smaller Incisions, Less Pain, Decrease in Transfusions, Quicker Recovery, Lower Incidence of Atrial Fibrillation

Audio: “The benefits are a smaller incision, less pain, decrease in the amount of blood transfusions, quicker recovery, and lower incidence of atrial fibrillation, a common condition that occurs after heart surgery.”

Image: X-ray image of torso showing heart’s location.

Audio: “Individuals needing an isolated valve repair or replacement are the best candidates. Those who have had previous heart surgery may not be good candidates for minimally invasive aortic valve operations. Ultimately, there are several approaches to valve repair and replacement surgery, each with their own pros and cons.”

Image: Graphic of heart

Text: Talk To Your Doctor

Audio: “Talk to your doctor to find out whether your medical needs and history make minimally invasive valve surgery a viable option for you.”

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Please visit or call Banner Health’s Physician Referral and Resource Line at 1 (800) 230-CARE (2273)

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