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What is minimally invasive heart surgery?
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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Smaller incision
Minimally invasive heart surgery uses special instruments, and sometimes a robot, to perform coronary artery bypass surgery or valve surgery using a small incision off and 2-3 CM in diameter. This is much smaller than the standard thoracotomy which is a large midsternal incision.

In brief: Smaller incision
Minimally invasive heart surgery uses special instruments, and sometimes a robot, to perform coronary artery bypass surgery or valve surgery using a small incision off and 2-3 CM in diameter. This is much smaller than the standard thoracotomy which is a large midsternal incision.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Dr. Francis Uricchio
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Depends what
Is being fixed. More information needed.

In brief: Depends what
Is being fixed. More information needed.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch
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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
Anesthesiology
In brief: Depends
Minimally invasive heart surgery can refer to a variety of surgical approaches or techniques that is performed through smaller incisions than the standard sternotomy (midline chest incision through the sterum).
This can refer to a thoracotomy incision or robotic surgery. Minimally invasive surgery may offer faster recovery times or better cosmesis.

In brief: Depends
Minimally invasive heart surgery can refer to a variety of surgical approaches or techniques that is performed through smaller incisions than the standard sternotomy (midline chest incision through the sterum).
This can refer to a thoracotomy incision or robotic surgery. Minimally invasive surgery may offer faster recovery times or better cosmesis.
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
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