Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery: The Evidence

Filmed at the 2017 EACTS Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria, Leanne Harling of Imperial College in London, UK, moderates a discussion on minimally invasive mitral valve surgery. Ms Harling is joined by Enoch Akowuah of James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, UK, Patrick Perier of Herz und Gef in Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Germany, and Peyman Sardari Nia of Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands. The panel discusses the UK Mini Mitral Trial, a multicenter randomized trial comparing sternotomy to a minimally invasive approach for mitral valve surgery. They also describe their own experiences in minimally invasive approaches, the different hurdles to more widespread adoption of minimally invasive surgery, and the benefit of simulation-based training.