Minimally Invasive Procedures
An increasing number of heart surgeries and procedures are being conducted through minimally invasive methods. With these techniques, physicians use smaller incisions than in traditional open surgery. Special instruments and robotic technology may be used as well.
Patients gain many benefits from minimally invasive procedures, including:
- smaller scars;
- less blood loss;
- less risk of needing blood transfusions;
- low infection risk;
- less pain;
- in valve surgery, avoid cutting the breastbone or using heart-lung machine;
- shorter hospital stay;
- faster recovery time and return to normal activity.
At the Pilla Heart Center, our specialists perform many minimally invasive procedures for complex heart rhythm treatment, bypass surgery, repairing heart defects, heart valve surgery, and vascular surgery. These advanced treatments rely on the latest technology. Some are robotic-assisted procedures.
All minimally invasive procedures are handled by our highly trained and experienced team, whose primary concern is the well-being of our patients. For some patients, open surgery may be a better choice. Our physicians and surgeons talk with every patient about the procedure options.
Our interventional cardiologists are treating life-threatening openings in the wall of the heart without open-heart surgery.
For expertise on minimally invasive procedures, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center.