What is minimally invasive heart surgery?
Minimally invasive heart 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.
Open-heart surgery usually includes making a very large incision down the middle of the chest. This consists of a full cut through the breastbone, which often takes 12 or more weeks to heal. Another surgical alternative is minimally invasive "keyhole" surgery. It involves creating a small incision (keyhole) in the side of the chest where minimally invasive heart surgeons pass through small surgical instruments to correct valve disease, coronary artery disease and congenital heart defects.
The potential benefits of minimally invasive cardiac surgery at our heart hospitals may include:
- Reduced trauma and pain, along with less tissue damage
- Decreased blood loss
- Decreased wound infection, with no sternal (breastbone) wound
- Improvement in morbidity and mortality
- An ideal option for repeat cardiac surgery
- Reduced recovery time and quicker return to normal activities
- A better cosmetic result with reduced scarring
- Decreased hospital length of stay
- Improved patient satisfaction
- No weight restrictions after recovery from surgery
Connect with a coordinator today to learn if a minimally invasive cardiac surgery is right for you.
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