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Minimally invasive heart surgery

What is minimally invasive heart surgery?

"Minimally invasive heart surgery” is a broad term used to describe surgical techniques performed on the heart through small incisions. When traditional surgery may not be an option, these treatments can be a great choice for high-risk patients with complex conditions.

Your cardiac surgeon will review the results of your medical history and your current condition to determine whether you are a candidate for minimally invasive heart surgery. During this process, our surgical care team will carefully compare the advantages and disadvantages of minimally invasive techniques versus traditional surgical techniques.

Potential benefits of minimally invasive surgery can include:

  • Less pain and scarring
  • Improved healing time
  • Less risk of wound infection
  • A quicker return to normal activities
  • Reduced blood loss and fewer transfusions

Our approach

At Lenox Hill Heart & Lung, we performed the region’s first robotic closed-chest single and double-beating heart bypass surgery, and now we are one of the most experienced minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery centers in the country.  Using state-of-the-art surgical tools, we’re able to see high-definition visuals of the heart, which allows treatments to be as precise as possible, without a sternotomy—the traditional incision required for heart surgery.   

Our physicians are among the world’s most experienced cardiothoracic surgeons, who have developed and advanced the field of robotic heart surgery and have collectively performed more than 1,000 robotic cardiac procedures.

When it comes to heart surgery, we offer the full range of options, including:

  • Traditional open-heart surgery
  • ​Minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Minimally invasive robotic heart surgery
We’re changing the future of heart surgery

We put all of our heart into creating one of New York’s best cardiac surgery programs. See how we care for patients differently.

Drs. Syed Hussain and Chad Kliger discuss the programmed robotic catheter with HealthDay.
Nirav Patel, MD, explains why diverse treatment options, cardiac experience and follow-up care play a major role in managing a life-threatening condition.
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