Why Small Incisions Matter

Also called keyhole surgery, minimally invasive heart surgery uses tiny incisions to access heart tissue and surrounding blood vessels. Rather than breaking and separating the breastbone, surgeons insert long, thin instruments between the ribs or just under the breastbone. Sometimes they also operate on a beating heart. Compared to traditional open heart surgery, minimally invasive heart surgery:

  • Reduces your risk for infection, bleeding and complications.
  • Results in minimal scarring.
  • Shortens your hospital stay. You’ll be home in 2 to 5 days.
  • Speeds your recovery. You’ll be back to your usual activities within two to four weeks.
“I’m Ready to Live Again.”
After getting a new heart valve, Lois Greene feels like a new person.
About the Surgery

  • Surgeons access the heart and its vessels through tiny incisions between the ribs or under the breastbone.
  • The breastbone (sternum) is spared and remains intact.
  • When possible, surgery is done while the heart is still beating.
Benefits

  • Smaller incisions of just three inches or fewer – roughly half the size of traditional heart surgery incisions
  • Reduced risk of infection, bleeding, and complications
  • A shorter hospital stay and a swifter recovery
Available Surgeries

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery
  • Heart valve repair and replacement
  • Lead placement for pacemakers

Why Choose the Lourdes Cardiovascular Institute?

At Lourdes Cardiovascular Institute, we specialize both in conventional care as well as the most advanced, minimally-invasive approaches. Our surgeons are among the most experienced on the East Coast, and the Lourdes Cardiovascular Institute helps more people with cardiovascular problems than any other health system in the region. We staff experienced robotic heart surgeons, and are among select hospitals in the nation approved to perform Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).