Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery

Minimally invasive heart valve surgery replaces or repairs valves using smaller incisions. With this procedure, the heart surgeon will either make a smaller incision down the center of the sternum or he will make a small incision above or below the right nipple.

minimally invasive incision

Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Surgery

The surgical maze procedure is known to be the most effective treatment of A-Fib. Historically, however, heart surgery was not an option for patients with lone A-Fib due to its invasive nature. CSA is on the cutting edge of a new procedure that employs a totally endoscopic technique to treat A-Fib.

graphic of an aneurysm

Hybrid Minimally Invasive Maze Procedure

The surgical maze procedure is known to be the most effective treatment of A-Fib. Historically, however, heart surgery was not an option for patients with lone A-Fib due to its invasive nature. CSA is on the cutting edge of a new hybrid procedure that employs a totally endoscopic technique to treat A-Fib. This procedure requires no thoracotomy or sternotomy, thus patients who were not candidates for this procedure in the past now have the option of a surgical maze procedure to treat their A-Fib. The procedure is akin to diagnostic laparoscopy and by combining the approach with catheter based techniques by an experienced Electrophysiologist, the least invasive surgical procedure can be applied to correct atrial fibrillation.

Minimally invasive surgery results in:

  • less trauma
  • less risk of infection
  • shorter recovery time
  • more rapid healing

The techniques performed by CSA are outlined below.

Endoscopic Vein Harvesting (EVH)

During bypass surgery, the bypass vein is typically harvested (removed) from the leg. Traditionally, this has involved a long incision from the ankle to the groin. CSA uses the EVH approach on all of its bypass patients, whereby the vein is removed through one to three small incisions, each less than one inch in length.