Heart & Vascular Center

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

The Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital offers patients the latest advances in cardiac surgery techniques. The mission of the program is to surgically treat cardiac disease through smaller incisions.

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery results in: 

  • Decreased postoperative pain
  • Less need for blood transfusions
  • Less suppression of the immune system
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Improved cosmetic results after surgery

Minimally invasive procedures include:

  • Mini maze radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation
  • Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Hybrid coronary revascularization
  • Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB)
  • Mini aortic valve repair and replacement
  • Mini mitral valve repair
  • Aortic stent graft repair
  • Right thoracotomy mitral valve surgery
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Robotic surgery: the da Vinci Surgical System

Since September 2006, an advanced surgical robot, the da Vinci Surgical System, has been part of the cardiac surgery team at YNHH. The $1.6 million, four-armed robot, allows surgeons to perform certain minimally invasive surgeries with unparalleled precision. Patients benefit from the small incisions — called ports — which allow the robot's small camera, that films in three dimensions, and other surgical instruments to navigate inside the patient's body. Patients enjoy faster healing, less infection, reduced need for pain management and shorter hospital stays when they have da Vinci-assisted surgery.

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