Traditional heart surgery requires the surgeon to cut open the patient’s chest and cut through the breastbone. Minimally invasive heart surgery allows our cardiac surgeons to work through small incisions only three to four inches long, using elongated instruments and scopes.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive heart surgery?
- Less pain
- Shorter recovery time
- Smaller scars
- Shorter hospital stay
- Lower risk of infection
- Lower risk of bleeding and blood transfusion
What minimally invasive heart procedures do our surgeons perform?
Our heart surgeons treat complex heart conditions using a variety of techniques—including minimally invasive surgery—with outstanding outcomes. They also work as part of a larger team of heart specialists to provide patient-focused care both before and after surgery. Our specialists are trained in a full range of minimally invasive procedures, for the safety, healing and comfort of our patients.
At MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, we offer the following procedures for the treatment of heart conditions and our experts are specially trained in minimally invasive techniques, which allows for faster recovery and greater comfort for our patients.