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Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

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What is Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery?

Traditionally, cardiac (heart) procedures were performed using open heart surgery, which requires a large incision in the chest. But over the years, surgeons have developed techniques, known as minimally invasive cardiac surgery, using only one or more small incisions between the patient’s ribs.

This still allows the surgeon to see and access necessary internal areas. Benefits include:

  • Smaller scars
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less pain
  • Lower risk of complications

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UR Medicine's Approach

While open heart surgery is still necessary for certain procedures, we can perform many cardiac surgeries using a minimally invasive approach.

Whether minimally invasive surgery is right for patients depends on their history and the details of their condition. It is available for selected patients who need:

What Sets Us Apart?

Our surgeons are the region’s most experienced in minimally invasive techniques. We offer them for a variety of conditions when it’s the most appropriate for the patient.

UR Medicine was the first center in the country to implant the HeartMate 3, a type of ventricular assist device, using a minimally invasive technique called Sternal Sparing. Our research resulted in the FDA approving the technique.

We were also the first in the region to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive treatment for severely ill patients.

Our cardiac surgeons continually work to integrate minimally invasive techniques into all types of heart surgery. To find out if you’re a candidate, speak with your doctor.

Mitral Value Repair Reference Center Award from the Mitral Foundation and the American Heart Association

2020 Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award


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7 locations

Cardiac Care - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building G
2400 South Clinton Avenue, 1st Floor
Rochester, NY 14618

Cardiac Care - Clifton Springs

Finger Lakes Cardiology
410 Clifton Springs Professional Park
Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Hornell

St. James Medical Office Building
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 104
Hornell, NY 14843

Cardiac Rehabilitation Center - Brighton

Canal View Office Complex
140 Canal View Boulevard, Suite 104
Rochester, NY 14623

Paul N. Yu Heart Center - Rochester

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Ground Floor
Rochester, NY 14626

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Canandaigua

FF Thompson Hospital
350 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main St​reet
Wellsville, NY 14895

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