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Which method of mitral valve approach is better, through the sternum or between the ribs?

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Dr. David Shenouda
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: It depends

The answer depends on many factors.
Repair or replacement and whom is performing the surgery. In general, intercostal (between the ribs) has a faster recovery time. The results tend to be fairly similar with the sternotomy being slightly better. Talk to your surgeon for more details and specifics.

In brief: It depends

The answer depends on many factors.
Repair or replacement and whom is performing the surgery. In general, intercostal (between the ribs) has a faster recovery time. The results tend to be fairly similar with the sternotomy being slightly better. Talk to your surgeon for more details and specifics.
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