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What is minimally invasive heart surgery?

"Minimally invasive heart surgery” is a broad term used to describe surgical techniques performed on the heart through small incisions. When traditional surgery may not be an option, these treatments can be a great choice for high-risk patients with complex conditions.

Your cardiac surgeon will review the results of your medical history and your current condition to determine whether you are a candidate for minimally invasive heart surgery. During this process, our surgical care team will carefully compare the advantages and disadvantages of minimally invasive techniques versus traditional surgical techniques.

Potential benefits of minimally invasive surgery can include:

  • Less pain and scarring
  • Improved healing time
  • Less risk of wound infection
  • A quicker return to normal activities
  • Reduced blood loss and fewer transfusions

Our approach

We are one of few care teams in the nation with the latest in minimally invasive heart treatments for all heart valves. Because of our expertise, our physicians are selected by medical device companies to teach new surgical techniques at hospitals around the world.

Because we are trusted experts in minimally invasive heart surgery, our patients are able to receive the full range of options for heart surgery, including:

  • Traditional open-heart surgery
  • ​Minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Minimally invasive robotic heart surgery

Our facilities see some of the largest volumes of patients in New York State, which allows our physicians to perfect treatments and further develop their level of expertise.

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