Russian Doctors Performed the World's First Heart Surgery Through a Small Incision
It is noted that this was the world's first experience of single-stage prosthetics of the aortic valve of the heart, the ascending part and the aortic arch through a mini-access measuring six centimeters in the intercostal space.
The patient was a 65-year-old man with severe aortic heart disease on the background of valve calcification (deposition of calcium salts) and with a twofold expansion of the vessel wall. During the operation, doctors replaced the altered part of the aorta and the affected valve with a synthetic prosthesis.
The medical center noted that usually this kind of surgical intervention is performed through the incision of the sternum by 18-20 centimeters. By avoiding this, the risk of infectious complications of the wound is minimized, and the complete rehabilitation of a person occurs much faster - in 10-14 days.