Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Surgeons make smaller incisions when performing this procedure. This helps lower complications and gives patients a faster return to their functional lives. Smaller incisions also reduce pain and unwanted scarring.
Scottsdale Healthcare has some of the most experienced minimally invasive cardiac surgeons on staff in the entire Southwest. Patients across Arizona have been referred specifically to us for this operation.
Heart Valve Repairs
Repairing a valve is preferable to replacing it, when feasible based on patient condition. Valve repair, rather than introducing a prosthetic valve into the heart, typically results in better long-term survival rates. The heart functions better with its own components and frequently avoids long-term anticoagulation.
Minimally Invasive Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation
Our surgeons have experienced a high success rate for treating atrial fibrillation (very rapid uncoordinated contractions of the atria of the heart resulting in a lack of synchronism between heartbeat and pulse beat) using minimally invasive techniques. This technique is through a thoracoscopic approach. The surgeon makes a small incision in the chest wall instead of a long incision down the sternum. This also allows for excision of left atrial appendage, which in turn reduces the risk of stroke and often the need for chronic anticoagulation.