What is Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery?
Cardiac surgeons access the heart through small incisions in the right and left chest
walls. By accessing the heart from the side of the chest, surgeons avoid having
to split the breastbone (sternotomy).
sternotomy reduces pain and recovery time for most patients, enabling them to
resume normal daily activities sooner. Minimally invasive surgery also leaves
smaller, less-noticeable scars than open heart surgery, has a lower risk of
infection, and may involve less blood loss.