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Staying abreast of advanced technology allows our team to provide you with the appropriate care for your unique heart condition. The cardiac surgeons on our medical staff are highly skilled in traditional open heart surgeries; however, they are also leaders in newer innovative procedures such as minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, port access mitral valve repair, and robotic surgeries.

Instead of making larger incisions to gain necessary access as in open heart surgery, minimally invasive techniques allow your surgeon to access your heart and chest area through small (about 2.5-inch) incisions. Minimally invasive heart and chest surgery procedures allow surgeons to perform complex surgery on high-risk patients, the very elderly for whom open surgery may not be the best approach, or those requiring repeat procedures.

Minimally invasive heart surgery requires smaller incisions and typically allows you to recover more quickly than with open heart surgery. Some of the other benefits of minimally invasive techniques may include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Less (and smaller) scarring
  • Quicker return to normal activity
  • Fewer complications
  • Decreased risk of infection

Minimally Invasive Procedures

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano offers minimally invasive options in numerous areas of heart and vascular care. Some minimally invasive procedures include:

  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an option for those who are not good candidates for open heart surgery. The procedure replaces a narrowed aortic valve using a catheter.
  • Minimally invasive repair of mitral valves entails robotically assisted procedures to improve precision.
  • Endovascular aortic aneurysm repair is where a graft is inserted into the aorta to strengthen it through incision in the femoral arteries.
  • Left atrial appendage occlusion devices are implanted using a catheter to reduce stroke risk in some people living with AFib.
  • Advanced coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgeries, including robotic minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) and thoracoscopic CABG, are alternatives to open heart surgeries.
  • Peripheral angioplasty is a minimally invasive approach to treating people with peripheral artery disease (PAD).

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is also involved in research studies and clinical trials investigating minimally invasive techniques to provide even more options in the future. View more information about research and clinical trials »

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