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Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery:

Minimally invasive heart surgery also known as keyhole surgery is performed through small incisions using specialized surgical instruments. This is procedure is an alternative to the traditional open heart surgery. In minimally invasive heart surgery, a cardiac surgeon performs heart surgery through small incisions in the right side the chest. Surgeons operate between the ribs and don't split the breastbone causing less pain and a quicker recovery for most people. As in open surgery, minimally invasive heart surgery requires the heart to be stopped temporarily and diverting blood flow from your heart using a heart-lung machine.

Surgeons perform many minimally invasive heart surgeries, including:

  • Aortic valve surgery: It is a condition in which the valve between the left ventricle and aorta doesn't work properly.
  • Atrial septal defect closure: In this condition there is a hole in the wall between the two upper heart chambers.
  • Atrioventricular canal defect surgery
  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Heart valve surgery to treat heart valve disease
  • Mitral valve surgery
  • Tricuspid valve surgery

The advantages of a minimally invasive heart surgery are:

  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Reduced trauma and pain
  • Faster recovery and quicker return to normal activities
  • Smaller, less-noticeable scars