Open Surgery vs. Minimally Invasive Procedures
The difference between having surgery and a minimally invasive procedure is your doctor's approach. Surgery requires an incision to operate on your heart muscle, valves or arteries. Some types of heart surgery may require your cardiothoracic surgeon to stop your heart. In that case, you’ll be connected to a bypass pump to keep your blood oxygenated and flowing during surgery.
Cardiologists perform minimally invasive procedures using methods that do not require large incisions. Small incisions, along with thin, flexible tubes (catheters) and tiny surgical instruments make it possible to perform less invasive heart and vascular procedures safely and effectively. Your surgeon works through the catheters to reach the areas of your heart that need treatment.
Minimally invasive procedures lead to less pain and scarring, a faster recovery and a lower risk of complications than traditional surgery.
Talk to your doctor about whether you’re a good candidate for a less invasive treatment for your condition.
Count on our specialists for a wide range of heart surgical and minimally invasive treatments, such as:
- Cardiac catheterization procedures
- Coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery
- Heart valve repair and replacement surgery and procedures
- Cardiac device and pacemaker implantation
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Watchman device for atrial fibrillation
Treating Vascular Disease
Vascular surgeons treat diseases affecting your blood vessels through various minimally invasive vascular procedures.
Continue your path to recovery after heart and vascular surgery or a procedure with cardiac rehabilitation. This 12-week program gives you individual education and guidance to help you build strength and restore your heart health after treatment.