How do you perform open surgery with a pencil and thread?

Less invasive approaches have transformed surgery in many medical fields. Smaller incisions translate to less blood loss, less post-operative discomfort, shorter hospital stays, a quicker recovery, and a generally speedier return to normal activities.

Recognizing the value of these benefits, Our heart surgeons offer minimally invasive surgery to patients who are candidates for these approaches.

Percutaneous valve repair or replacement is a minimally invasive approach that uses a catheter to repair or replace a diseased valve by threading a catheter up to the heart through a blood vessel in the groin. The world over this approach to replace aortic valves and the technology is now being gradually scaled upstream to extend similar therapies to patients need a mitral valve replacement.


Endovascular stent placement for aortic aneurysms: For patients who are not able to have traditional open surgery, we offer endovascular stent grafting for aneurysm repair. Surgeons thread a catheter into the aorta through a blood vessel in the patient’s groin. A stent is guided through the catheter and placed at the site of the aneurysm, where it opens up and acts as a scaffold to support the walls of the aorta. The aneurysm gradually shrinks over time. This FDA-approved device allows for more rapid recovery and an earlier return to normal daily activities in select patients.

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG): The surgeon performs this procedure through a small (2-3 inch) incision between the ribs. Some patients may have “off-pump” beating heart surgery that can be accomplished without the need for a heart-lung machine. In select cases, CABG can be performed using a surgical robot, which requires three or four pencil-sized incisions.
Some other procedures that could be performed using the minimal access route are;

ASD Closure (Atrial septal defect)
Mitral Valve repair and replacement
Tricuspid Valve repair
Some limited Re-operative procedures