For many surgical cardiac procedures, Heart Hospital of Austin offers an alternative to traditional sternotomy (open-chest) access to the heart. Minimally invasive heart surgery allows for much smaller and less invasive incisions for a surgeon to access the heart and coronary arteries. Specialized instruments are utilized in the minimally invasive approach that allow for a high degree of precision and accuracy.
Minimally invasive heart surgery provides treatment options for a broad range of cardiac diseases and disorders such as:
- Multi-vessel coronary artery bypass (CABG)
- Mitral valve repair or replacement
- Aortic valve repair or replacement
- Atrial fibrillation
- Aortic aneurysms
The benefits of minimally invasive heart surgery include small incisions and small scars. Additionally, most patients experience:
- Reduced pain
- Faster recovery time
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to activity or work
Our experienced team of cardiothoracic surgeons will evaluate a patient’s condition and assess the surgical benefits and risks to determine the best treatment option.