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Minimally invasive heart surgery vs open heart surgery

Minimally invasive heart surgery is performed by making small incisions between the ribs rather than cutting through the breast bone for open heart surgery. For many of our patients who have recently had heart surgery or are having it in the near future, if it is possible it will likely be minimally invasive surgery. Often there are fewer risks and it can be less damaging to the body.


Minimally invasive heart surgery be used for a number of different procedures, such as:

  • Aortic valve replacement

  • Valve repair or replacement

  • Treatments for atrial fibrillation

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery

& many more

Open heart surgery can be performed to treat:

  • Valve replacement or repair

  • Repair to damaged or abnormal areas of the heart

  • Insert medical devices to help regulate the heart beat

  • Heart transplant

& many more

Although minimally invasive surgery cannot be offered to everyone, it can be beneficial when compared to traditional open heart surgery. Some of the benefits include:

  • Reduced blood loss

  • Reduced risk of infection (smaller incisions means less risk of bacteria getting in)

  • Less trauma to the area surrounding the heart

  • Less pain (the breast does not need to be broken)

  • Short stay in hospital post op

  • Faster recovery time and return to normal activity

  • Smaller incisions which less noticeable scars

With every surgery there are risks that come with it. Before you go ahead with a surgery, you doctor will cover all of the treatment options and different benefits and risks that come with them. If you have any concerns before your surgery make sure you ask your doctor and they will be more than happy to go over your questions.

If you would like to talk to one of the consultants at London Cardiac and Vascular Associates about possible surgery, either minimally invasive or open heart surgery, please contact us on 0207 034 8972 or email us at info@lcandva.co.uk

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.


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