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Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Hospital Baylor Scott & White The Heart - Plano

Less invasive, faster recovery

Pioneers of minimally invasive heart surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is our go-to approach, allowing the specialists on the medical staff of Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano to perform complex cardiovascular surgeries without the need for open-heart surgery.

First used as a surgical treatment option for patients considered too fragile for open-heart surgery, minimally invasive procedures have become common practice for patients who need heart surgery. In fact, the surgeons right here on our medical staff pioneered many common minimally invasive procedures.

Good surgical outcomes and results are our top priority. We take a minimally invasive approach to treat heart disorders first, whenever possible, to help our patients feel better, faster. This approach means you can often avoid a traditional invasive surgical procedure.

Minimally invasive heart surgery requires smaller incisions, which may also result in:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Less (and smaller) scarring
  • Quicker return to regular activity
  • Fewer complications
  • Decreased risk of infection
Heart conditions treated
Our surgical team specializes in treating the following conditions with minimally invasive techniques.
Aortic Valve Stenosis
This condition, known as calcific aortic valve stenosis, causes narrowing of your heart’s aortic valve opening, which the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement method (TAVR) can effectively treat. The TAVR operation is a relatively new, minimally invasive aortic valve operation used for aortic valve failure and leak repair. The cardiac interventionalists on our medical staff have performed more than a thousand valve repairs using the TAVR method and achieved tremendous outcomes, including complication rates below the national average and shorter hospital stays for guests. In fact, surgeons on our medical staff helped pioneer this procedure and made significant contributions to research that helps make it more effective and widespread.
Ataque al corazón
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures often treat heart attacks. However, a CABG procedure is typically an invasive open-heart procedure that sometimes comes with complications. The surgeon removes a healthy artery or vein from your body and connects or grafts it to bypass the coronary artery’s blocked section. CABG can now be performed as a minimally invasive procedure for some patients, known as beating heart surgery. There are two types: MIDCAB (minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass) and OPCAB (off-pump coronary artery bypass). In some cases, a patient may need an aortic valve replacement (AVR) combined with coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. The surgeons on our medical staff are highly experienced in this complex procedure known as CABG with AVR.
Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
Many patients with AFib, or an irregular heart rhythm, are candidates for minimally invasive procedures such as maze surgery to restore a normal heart rhythm. For this procedure, the surgeon makes small cuts or burns in the atria. These cuts and burns prevent the spread of disorganized electrical signals and restore the heart to its normal rhythm.
Mitral Valve Prolapse
This structural condition occurs when the heart’s mitral valve flaps are “floppy” and may not close tightly to help seal or open the valve normally. As a result, blood can leak from the ventricle back into the atrium. This backflow of blood is called mitral valve regurgitation and can lead to shortness of breath, fatigue and heart murmurs. Rather than performing open-heart surgery to repair the leaky valve, some patients are candidates for a minimally invasive mitral valve replacement procedure that involves making a small 4–6 cm incision on the right side of the chest.

Minimally invasive robotic surgery

Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano has the largest cardiothoracic robotic surgery program in Texas

Our surgical team specializes in robotic minimally invasive surgery, and Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano is among the few hospitals worldwide to have performed over 1,000 procedures using this procedure.

This treatment is the least invasive and provides more visibility and dexterity for the surgeon, and can also be used for multi-valve operations, atrial fibrillation and congenital heart defects.


Combining experience, surgical skill and advanced facilities

Explore our comprehensive cardiothoracic surgery services and conditions treated.

Team expertise and quality outcomes

We are a nationally ranked institution that is evolving the practice of heart care

We’ve performed more minimally invasive operations than anywhere else in the region. The expert team of surgeons on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano is internationally renowned for performing some of the most common minimally invasive surgical approaches used today. We take a team approach to your care and focus on providing the quality outcomes that are most productive for you and your lifestyle.

Surgeons on the medical staff have extensive experience in a complete range of minimally invasive surgical and catheter-based management procedures for many cardiac and vascular diseases. This means you will benefit from our team’s collective experience, extensive minimally invasive and traditional surgical training and expertise and advanced knowledge of heart conditions.


Recognized in the top 5% of hospitals for cardiovascular surgical quality and outcomes and ranked as one of the nation’s most elite hospitals by leading medical organizations, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano's achievements also include:

  • 4th highest volume coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgical program in the United States
  • 3rd largest volume heart valve surgical program in the nation

Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano has also garnered recognition from the following organizations:


U.S. News & World Report

Ranked 40th in the nation in Cardiology & Heart Surgery in the 2021–2022 America’s Best Hospitals guide.

Ranked as High Performing in seven categories: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Attack, Heart Bypass Surgery, Congestive Heart Failure, Lung Cancer Surgery and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

Newsweek Magazine

Ranked among The World's Best Hospitals in cardiology for 2020–2021.

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Received two three-star quality ratings—the highest rating possible—for aortic valve replacement surgery (AVR) and aortic valve replacement surgery with coronary artery bypass graft surgery (AVR + CABG).


*Data Source: STS IQVIA
Data period ending diciembre 31, 2020

Advanced technology and international clinical trials

We are a nationally ranked institution that is leading advances in heart care

We not only specialize in minimally invasive procedures, but we also train others how to do them.

The cardiac surgeons on our medical staff are national leaders in performing innovative minimally invasive techniques and have trained many cardiothoracic surgeons all over the country.

In addition, we participate in international clinical trials and testing of new devices and technologies. 


Que esperar

Learn what to expect by downloading our minimally invasive heart surgery guide

Preguntas frecuentes


Many factors are considered when determining who is a candidate for minimally invasive heart surgeries. While most patients are candidates, some may not qualify, depending on their health history and individual diagnosis. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best surgical procedure for your condition.

Minimally invasive procedures are performed using laparoscopic and robotic equipment guided by a skilled and trained surgeon. Most minimally invasive heart procedures take only a few hours, but this depends on the procedure and your individual diagnosis.

Yes. Patients undergo general anesthesia for minimally invasive heart procedures; however, during the TAVR procedure, conscious sedation can be used, meaning the patient is awake but is sleepy and pain-free.

Most patients are discharged within two to five days after their surgery. But while you’re here, our goal is to create an environment where you and your family feel at ease. We treat our patients as guests and provide spacious suites that feel like private sanctuaries with the comforts of luxury hotels.

Compared to open-heart surgery’s typical recovery time of six to 12 weeks, patients who undergo a minimally invasive procedure may fully recover within a two to four-week window.

Your physician will closely monitor your recovery. Most patients can return to their normal activities in one to four weeks following their procedure.



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