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Minimally invasive cardiac surgery is an innovative heart surgery technique. It uses several small incisions in the side of the chest. It is an alternative to open heart surgery, which cuts through the breastbone to open the chest cavity and have full access to the heart.
Surgeons insert special instruments and an endoscope through the small incisions. An endoscope is a thin, lighted instrument with a small camera. The camera transmits pictures of the inside of your chest to a video screen. Your surgeon sees the inside of your chest on the screen as he or she performs the surgery. Doctors sometimes also use a surgical robot and special imaging technologies to assist in viewing and performing the surgery.
Call (702) 616-4900 or use our online tool to find a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals surgeon who performs cardiac treatments, including minimally invasive heart surgery, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Find out more about our The St. Rose - Stanford Clinic Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Program, which brings Stanford doctors with expertise in cardiology conditions to the Las Vegas Valley.
In the past, doctors used minimally invasive surgery to treat just a few heart conditions. Today, there are a wide range of minimally invasive heart procedures, including:
Cardiac surgeons perform minimally invasive cardiac surgery in a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospital. This type of procedure is major surgery, so you will have general anesthesia. In most cases, doctors do not need to stop the heart or use a heart-lung machine. This means you can avoid potential complications from restarting the heart. Generally, minimally invasive surgeries take less time than traditional surgeries.
All cardiac surgeries involve some level of risk of complications, such as bleeding, infection, and stroke. If you are a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery, you are at low risk and complications are rare. Talk with your doctor about plans to minimize your risks.
Minimally invasive cardiac surgery generally involves a faster recovery than open surgery. This is because it causes less trauma to tissues and organs in the chest cavity. Other benefits include:
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers surgical procedures for heart problems, including minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.