If, like me, you have been browsing "mitral regurgitation repair" you have been seeing the term minimally invasive thrown about as a quicker low impact form of heart surgery. The term suggests something like an overnight or even a day surgery arthroscope of a knee or an elbow. In heart surgery land it just means that they don't 'crack' open the chest. To repair a valve, the surgeon has to get inside the heart and the only way to get there is to cut. Maybe less invasive is a better term than minimal.
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We meet with the surgeon in a couple of hours and will certainly know more then.