Minimally Invasive Heart Surgeries

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Minimally invasive heart surgeries are performed by specially train heart surgeons. They perform the surgery through small incisions in the right side of your chest, between the ribs. The surgeon gets a better and wider view of the heart than in conventional surgery. In some instances, the heart lung machine is used to bypass the heart and continue circulation even while surgery is being done.

Minimally invasive approach is done for:

  • Mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Tricuspid valve repair and replacement
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Atrial septal defect and patent foramen ovale closure
  • Atrioventricular septal defect surgery
  • Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Saphenous vein harvest for coronary artery bypass.


  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Reduced trauma and pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and quicker return to normal activities
  • Smaller scars

Risks and complications include but not limited to:

  • Bleeding
  • Stroke
  • Wound infection
  • Irregular heart beats (arrhythmias)
  • Death