Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
What is minimally invasive cardiac surgery?
Minimally invasive cardiac surgery is a set of techniques in which surgeons perform operations through very small incisions — roughly the size of a paper clip.
Conditions that can be treated with minimally invasive cardiac surgery include:
How does minimally invasive cardiac surgery differ from conventional open heart surgery?
If your child undergoes an open-heart surgical procedure that requires the use of a heart-lung bypass machine:
- the surgeon has to make a full incision across the sternum (breastbone), resulting in a very visible scar
- your child’s sternum will need to be wired, and healing of the bone would take six to eight weeks