Miami Minimally Invasive Valves
Joseph Lamelas, MD
Dedicated to the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
February 23, 2014
Evolution of Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery – “The Miami Method”

I am constantly trying to improve my game, as we all should!  Having said that, I am always looking at ways to simplify my method of accessing the valves and performing more complex procedures.

I have enclosed a picture of a mini MVR that I performed in 2004.  Now, almost 10 years later, one can see that the incision has moved more lateral and superior.  This has allowed me to have a more direct line vision of the mitral valve.  I can truly say that I have a much more anatomic view of the valve despite it being further away.  Hence, the ability to perform every single complex repair or replacement in the book.DSCN0751 DSCN0755 DSCN0764 DSCN0769

1 thought on “Evolution of Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery – “The Miami Method””

  1. Joseph Zacharias says:

    Dr Lamelas,
    Just found your website. I am a surgeon in the UK and share a lot of your beliefs in trying to spread the benefits of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Having done more than 150 mini mitral cases, I am just planning to start a right anterior program for aortic valves surgery. I was very impressed with your experience on redo aortic valve surgery through the the right mini thoracotomy. That has been one of my drivers in looking at this approach.
    I have got a lot of ideas from your website. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this. I am sure many others will find this useful too. I shall look forward to subsequent posts and hope to meet up with you some time in the future.
    All the best in spreading the word.
    From a fellow believer

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