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Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

Franciscan Health System’s cardiothoracic surgeons (heart and chest surgeons), vascular surgeons and cardiologists are experts in performing minimally invasive procedures.

Minimally invasive procedures may involve:

  • 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
  • tiny to small incisions (typically three to four inches in length and can often be placed between the ribs) through which to access a surgical site within the body

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 cardiac surgeries include:

Minimally invasive chest and lung (thoracic) surgeries include:

It is important to note that while some conditions may be corrected with minimally invasive procedures, conventional open surgery will be the most appropriate treatment for certain patients. Your cardiothoracic surgeon will help you and your family decide which approach is best for you.

For more information or a consultation for minimally invasive heart surgeries including valve repair and replacement, call 253-426-6700.