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Minimally Invasive

The University of Rochester Medical Center’s cardiac surgeons have developed extensive skill with minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Minimally invasive techniques are available for selected patients with the following conditions:

  • Multi-Vessel Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Mitral Valve Repair or Replacement (MVR)
  • MVR/Tricuspid Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR)

Our cardiac surgeons continually work on minimally invasive techniques into all types of heart surgery. In each procedure we perform, every effort is made to limit the trauma to the patient. In these types of procedures, one or more small incisions is made between the ribs, giving easy access to and clear visualization of all internal areas. Specially designed instruments allow us to then use the same, standard techniques we use in open-chest procedures.

Compared to open-chest surgery, minimally invasive techniques result in:

  • Less pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • Improved quality of life and heart function
  • Easier mobility and walking
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Shorter hospital stay, quicker return home
  • Faster return to “normal life” (often in two weeks)
  • Minimal assistance once home
  • Earlier, more consistent cardiac rehabilitation program
  • Less scarring

To find out if you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, speak with your doctor.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us at (585) 275-5384.