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Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
What is Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery?
Minimally invasive heart surgery involves making small incisions in the right side of your chest to reach the heart between the ribs, rather than cutting through the breastbone, as is done in open-heart surgery.
Procedures offered at FirstHealth:
Many types of heart procedures may be conducted with minimally invasive heart surgery, including:
- Transcatheter mitral valve repair using MitraClip technology
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
advantages of Minimally INvasive Surgery:
- Less blood loss
- Lower risk of infection
- Reduced trauma and pain
- Shorter time in the hospital, faster recovery and quicker return to normal activities
- Smaller, less noticeable scares
who Benefits from Minimally INvasive Surgery?
Not everyone is a candidate for minimally invasive heart surgery. Your doctor and treatment team will work with you to determine whether it's an option to treat your condition. To determine whether you're a candidate for minimally invasive heart surgery, your doctor is likely to conduct a physical examination, review your medical history and perform tests. Minimally invasive heart surgery is a complex surgical procedure that requires training and experience. Our team of surgeons and surgical technologists have the needed expertise in conducting minimally invasive procedures.