Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

North Shore-LIJ cardiac surgeons are leaders in performing procedures using minimally invasive techniques, including the percutaneous valve replacement and robotic surgery. These state-of-the-art procedures have significant potential benefits for patients including quicker recovery, reduced risk of infection and less scaring. Our surgical team has extensive experience in minimally invasive techniques and boasts excellent quality outcomes.

What is Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery?

Minimally invasive cardiac surgery allows surgeons to perform procedures through much smaller incisions instead of making large incisions in the chest. Robotic surgery is another type of minimally invasive technique used by specially trained North Shore-LIJ surgeons. Please contact us for more information.

Benefits to Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Your surgeon and other members of the team will review the results of your medical history and your current condition to determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery. The surgical team will carefully compare the advantages and disadvantages of minimally invasive techniques versus traditional surgical techniques. Potential benefits of minimally invasive surgery can include:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less risk of wound infection
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Improved healing time
  • Reduced blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Cardiac Procedures Performed Using Minimally Invasive Techniques

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery 
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery 
  • Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery 
  • Endoscopic Saphenous (leg) Vein Harvest 
  • Closure of Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Repair of Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Removal of Cardiac Tumors 
  • Atrial Fibrillation Surgery 
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair

Individualized Care

Minimally invasive techniques often allow surgeons to perform complex surgery on high-risk patients for whom traditional surgery may not be an option. The key to successful outcomes is the delivery of patient specific planning and care, carefully matching the patient, pathology and surgical technique for the best possible outcome.

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