I have been told a friend of mine is having open heart surgery for repair of her mitral valve prolapse with severe regurgitation and new afib. She tells me she wasn't a candidate for the minimally invasive procedure to repair her valve and is going to have to "have her chest cracked" in her words. However, she says instead of the traditional vertical "zipper" she will have an incision on her chest that is crescent moon shaped and she will be able to wear a v-neck without the incision being visible. My entire nursing career is emergency nursing, so I realize there is sooooooo much I don't know about in the realm of cardiothoracic surgery - but I don't think I've ever come across a patient in my ER with this shaped chest incision. (And I've been a travel nurse for many years) So, I would love to research this approach, but can't seem to find any "google searches" matching........ has anyone heard of this? Can you enlighten me? Thanks!!