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What is minimally invasive heart surgery?

Ellen Charnley
Health Education Specialist
Minimally invasive heart surgery is surgery that doesn’t include cutting through the sternum (breastbone) as traditional heart surgery does. The incision is typically under the right breast for a woman; therefore, visible scarring is minimal. The technique may or may not involve the use of robots to assist.
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Minimally invasive heart surgeries are performed through little incisions (holes) in the right side of the chest. Minimally invasive heart surgeries do not require complete opening of the chest wall and breaking of the sternum (breastbone). With these techniques the recovery time is shorter and the pain after surgery can be less because the operation is performed through the ribs and no bones are broken. Some of these procedures can be performed with robot-assisted technology.

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