Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Minimally invasive heart surgery is a procedure that does not require the chest to be surgically opened. Instead, for minimally invasive heart surgery, a surgeon makes small incisions (cuts) in the side of the chest between the ribs. This type of surgery may or may not use a heart-lung bypass machine.
Minimally invasive heart surgery is used to do some bypass and maze surgeries. It’s also used to repair or replace heart valves, insert pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or take a vein or artery from the body to use as a bypass graft for coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG).
One type of minimally invasive heart surgery that is becoming more common is robotic-assisted surgery. For this surgery, a surgeon uses a computer to control surgical tools on thin robotic arms.
The tools are inserted through small incisions in the chest. This allows the surgeon to do complex and highly precise surgery.Previous Page Last Review Date: August 14, 2019