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Cardiothoracic Surgery

 (802) 847-8158

111 Colchester Avenue
Main Campus, East Pavilion, Level 5
Burlington, VT 05401-1473

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Schedule a Consultation

Contact your primary care physician, cardiologist or cardiac surgeon to schedule a consultation.

Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery

Minimally invasive techniques can offer a quick recovery for heart surgery patients. Benefits include:

  • less blood loss
  • fewer blood transfusions
  • an earlier hospital discharge
  • fewer physical restrictions during the postoperative recovery period.

Heart Valve Surgery Procedures

Heart valves diagram

Advanced minimally invasive heart surgery techniques are used to treat all types of heart valve disease, such as aortic stenosis and mitral and tricuspid valve regurgitation, and certain types of congenital heart disease such as septal defects. In addition, they can be used to treat leaky heart valves.

Minimally invasive techniques are also used to treat aortic aneurysms, either directly through a small incision in the chest wall or with a stent graft inserted from a groin artery.

Learn more about minimally invasive heart surgery at The University of Vermont Medical Center:

Scheduling a Consultation

Have a discussion with your doctor about minimally invasive heart valve surgery and if you should consider the procedure. If you decide together that you would like to learn more, your doctor can refer you to The UVM Medical Center's team of cardiothoracic surgeons.

Our Heart Surgery Team - Researchers & Academic Practitioners

Cardiothoracic surgeons at The UVM Medical Center use innovative therapies, while teaming with cardiologists and vascular specialists, to offer less invasive and advanced approaches to treat cardiovascular disease.

Our surgeons are University of Vermont College of Medicine researchers and educators, teaching medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians.

As research leaders, The UVM Medical Center surgeons lecture locally and internationally, and regularly participate in national clinical trials.

We are members of the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group, a New England area consortium of hospitals of which The UVM Medical Center is a founding member, and the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of Vermont.

Please note: Some of the doctors and specialists listed below may not treat this specific condition.

	  	  Erica N. Charkalis, NP
Erica N. Charkalis, NP
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
	  	  Kyle C. Craven, PA-C
Kyle C. Craven, PA-C
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Fuyuki Hirashima, MD
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Frank P. Ittleman, MD
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Stephen Marcus, PA-C
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Leah K. Morse, PA-C
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Mitchell C. Norotsky, MD
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery