Minimally Invasive Heart Procedures

The idea of undergoing open-heart surgery can be unsettling. That’s why interventional cardiology and surgery specializes in treating heart conditions using minimally invasive procedures. Minimally invasive surgical procedures use smaller incisions and can be a good option for certain heart conditions. At Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cardiovascular Institute, our surgeons and interventional cardiologists are nationally recognized for their expertise in performing minimally invasive heart surgery and interventional procedures.

Minimally invasive vs. open-heart surgery

During a minimally invasive heart surgery, the heart is accessed via small incisions made in the chest wall. By avoiding a full sternotomy (complete division of the breastbone), there is less trauma and damage to muscle, tissue, and bone. In some cases, the procedure can be performed without the need for a heart and lung bypass machine.

We perform hundreds of lifesaving minimally invasive heart procedures every year with outstanding results. This approach offers several advantages compared to open-heart procedures, including:

  • Quicker return to daily activities.
  • Reduced blood loss.
  • Decreased risk of infection.
  • Shorter hospital stay.
  • Minimal scarring.
  • Less pain.

Minimally invasive heart surgery and treatment options

Minimally invasive heart procedures aren't right for everyone. Our multidisciplinary team consisting of cardiologists, surgeons, radiologists, and primary care physicians, will evaluate your individual situation to determine the best treatment option for you.