Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Minimally invasive heart surgery (also called keyhole surgery) is performed through small incisions, sometimes using specialized surgical instruments. The incision used for minimally invasive heart surgery is about 3 to 4 inches instead of the 6- to 8-inch incision required for traditional surgery.

Traditional surgery usually requires invasive procedures through large incisions, followed by a longer stay in the hospital. Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopic or endoscopic surgery, is possible thanks to advancements in engineering and computer technology.

Minimally invasive endoscopic surgery uses a tiny camera and long, thin surgical instruments that are inserted through very small incisions. The result is less pain, shorter hospitalization, faster recovery and smaller scars.