Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery in Rock Hill, SC
Feel confident that the surgeons working with Piedmont Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery have the skill and experience to conduct minimally invasive cardiac surgery in Rock Hill, SC. This approach encompasses many heart procedures and has less risk than traditional open-heart surgery. Your medical team will guide you through the process to ensure you feel as prepared as possible.
Understanding Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Traditional open-heart surgery is performed via a sternotomy in which the entire breastbone is split using an 8 to 10-inch incision. Comparatively, through a minimally invasive approach the incision measures about 3 to 4 inches. The chest is not split down the middle. Instead, an incision is made on the right side of the chest so that the heart can be reached through the ribs. From there, specialized instruments and small tools are inserted to make precise repairs.
Any form of surgery has inherent risk, but when minimally invasive surgery is an option, many of the risks are reduced. Benefits of this approach are as follows:
- Smaller Incision
- Less Scaring
- Decreased Risk of Infection
- Reduced Blood Loss
- Less Overall Pain
- Shorter Hospital Stay
- Faster Recovery Time
- Less Physical Restrictions During Recovery
Are You a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery?
There are several heart procedures that can be successfully performed using minimally invasive techniques, including:
- Valvular Repair of Replacement
- Maze Procedure
- Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
- Coronary Artery Bypass
- Excision of Cardiac Tumors
Although not everyone is a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, we work with you to determine if it is the best option. We will review your medical history and perform the necessary tests before making the recommendation.
Contact Our Office
The understanding medical team at Piedmont Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery are in your corner. We invite you to speak openly with your medical team so that we can address any questions or concerns you have. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule an appointment.