Minimally Invasive Surgery

North Shore-LIJ's cardiovascular team is a leader in performing procedures using minimally invasive techniques, including the percutaneous valve repair and replacement, robotic surgery and catheterizations. These state-of-the-art procedures have significant potential benefits for patients including quicker recovery, reduced risk of infection and less scarring. Our cardiac team has extensive experience in minimally invasive techniques and boasts excellent quality outcomes.

What are Minimally Invasive Cardiac Procedures?

Minimally invasive cardiac techniques allow doctors to treat heart disease using significantly smaller incisions compared to traditional procedures. Included in the wide-range of procedures performed by North Shore-LIJ doctors are percutaneous valve repair and replacement, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), catheterizations, and robotic surgery. If you have questions about these procedures, please contact us for more information.

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Potential Benefits to Minimally Invasive Cardiac Procedures

  • Smaller incisions decrease the risk of 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 procedures
  • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair
  • Cardiac catheterizations using the radial artery

Individualized Care

Minimally invasive techniques often allow doctors to perform complex procedures on high-risk patients for whom traditional procedures 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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