Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Minimally Invasive heart surgery is an advanced surgical technique where small incisions are made on the right side of the chest region for accessing the heart between the ribs. It does not involve cutting through the breastbone like in conventional open-heart surgery. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery is recommended for treating a wide range of heart conditions. It offers many advantages like minimal blood loss, faster recovery, and less hospital stay.

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

What Are The Conditions That Can Be Treated With Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery?

  • Valve replacement and repair surgeries, including Aortic, mitral, tricuspid, and pulmonary valves
  • Atrioventricular septal defect surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Maze Procedure in case of Atrial Fibrillation

How Is Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Performed?

In many cases, minimally invasive heart surgery is either a robot-assisted or a thoracoscopic surgery where a small incision is made on the right side between the ribs to access the heart. A thin, flexible tube with a tiny video is inserted through these incisions for a clear view inside the body. 

The surgeons also use a heart-lung bypass machine to keep the blood circulating through the body during the procedure. 

In robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon at the remote console views the heart in a high-definition 3D view, and robotic arms are used to perform the procedure. 

Thoracoscopic or mini-thoracotomy is another procedure where the surgeon uses special, long surgical instruments to access the heart and treat the condition. 


Your doctor would take a call if you are suitable or on the minimally invasive procedure after considering various like heart condition, patient’s age, medical history, etc.

  • Little loss of blood
  • Quicker recovery
  • Small incisions and scars
  • Less hospital stay

It will take 1 to 2 weeks to recover from the Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.

You may have to stay for two days in the hospital after surgery, depending on your recovery and other health conditions, if any.

Yes. Keep up with your doctor’s appointments till your cardiologist declares you fit!

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