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Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

When it comes to heart surgery experience counts. Our cardiac surgeons have conducted thousands of minimally invasive heart procedures and are among the most experienced in the region and the nation.
At PinnacleHealth our highly experienced cardiac surgeons are expert at performing  minimally invasive heart surgery through tiny openings in the chest, eliminating the need for sternotomy--a large incision through the breastbone (sternum). This type of cardiac surgery offers many benefits compared to traditional, open-chest procedures. Surgeons use sophisticated thin instruments, miniature cameras, robotic devices, and hybrid techniques to perform the operations.

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Procedures Include:

  • Single and multiple vessel coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Surgery to correct atrial fibrillation
  • Implantation of ventricular heart

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Minimally invasive heart surgery offers several advantages compared to open-chest procedures, including:
  • Faster return to normal activities
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less healing time
  • No splitting of the breastbone.
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less pain
  • Elimination of the heart-lung bypass machine, in many cases
  • Minimal blood loss and less need for transfusion
  • Little scarring

PinnacleHealth Hybrid Surgical Suite

Many of these minimally invasive surgeries are performed in one of PinnacleHealth's Hybrid Surgical Suites. These state-of-the-art surgical suites are equipped with advanced lighting, a heart and lung machine, and both a standard operating room table and a second table equipped specifically for catheterization procedures, making it possible for a patient to undergo two procedures in a single session.

da Vinci Surgical System Improves Precision

Some minimally invasive heart surgeries performed at PinnacleHealth are done with the help of a special robotic device, called the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci robot is a highly sophisticated tool that enables the surgeon to perform the procedure with greater precision and control than is possible in traditional hands-on surgery. In robotically assisted surgeries, the chest cavity is accessed through dime-size "keyhole" incisions.

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Call us at (717) 231-8900 to speak with one of our friendly agents from the PinnacleHealth Corporate Contact Center for more information or to make an appointment.

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