Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery
Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery at Fletcher Allen
Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery involves repairing or replacing the diseased aortic valve through a 2-2.5 inch incision in the front of the chest. The traditional incision is approximately 10 inches in length and is associated with complete splitting of the breast bone. With the minimally invasive incision, only one third of the breast bone is divided. This helps to:
- preserve chest wall stability
- reduce blood loss
- cause less pain
- reduce recovery time
TAVI Clinical Trial
Certain patients who require aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis may be candidates for an even less invasive approach, called TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation). Fletcher Allen Health Care is one of only 45 Centers nationally who have been selected to participate in the CoreValve® U.S. Pivotal Trial that uses a catheter-based technology to insert a new aortic valve without the need for a chest incision or the heart-lung machine, both used for traditional open heart surgery.