Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques
Franciscan’s cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons and cardiologists are experts in performing minimally invasive procedures.
Minimally invasive procedures may involve:
- making tiny incisions to gain access to a blood vessel. Physicians often use a catheter (a long thin tube) containing special surgical tools that are sent directly to the treatment area
- making tiny to small incisions through which to access a surgical site within the body using a procedure called laparoscopy
These techniques often cause less pain, scarring and loss of blood, and generally reduce the risk of infection and provide a speedier recovery time, when compared with conventional open surgery.
Minimally invasive surgeries include:
It is important to note, however, that while some conditions may be corrected with minimally invasive procedures, conventional open surgery can be the most appropriate treatment for certain patients and conditions.
Your doctor and cardiologist or surgeon will help you and your family decide which approach is best for you.