Heart disease and conditions that are treated surgically may have a minimally invasive approach.
Minimally invasive heart surgery does not require a large incision or cutting through the entire breast bone because the surgeon can gain access through one of three, small incision areas.
The cardiac surgery team at Missouri Baptist offers expertise in open-chest surgery and minimally invasive approaches. We treat every part of the heart, including the mitral valve, aortic valve, valve replacement and repair, stenosis and occlusion. Each treatment has a minimally-invasive technique that may be used on qualifying patients.
Research demonstrates that minimally invasive surgery offers many advantages to the patient, including:
With a smaller incision, more, if not all of the breastbone remains intact, and patients heal with less pain.
Patients feel better faster and can go home sooner. Open-chest surgery can take up to 10 weeks to heal, whereas a minimally-invasive approach may require only 4-8 weeks for recovery.
Shorter Hospital Stay
Open-chest surgery requires patients to go on a breathing machine, and they spend more time in the Intensive Care Unit after surgery. Minimally-invasive surgery patients may spend less time in the ICU after surgery, and are usually back home in a couple of days.
The surgeons access the heart through a small incision, which can be in one of three areas in the chest. This incision is only a few inches long, compared to a scar running down the length breastbone.
For more information on minimally invasive heart surgery or to schedule an appointment at the Heart Center, call Missouri Baptist Medical Center at 314-996-3627 or contact us online.