Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Standard heart surgery typically requires exposure of the heart and its vessels through median sternotomy (dividing the breastbone), considered one of the most invasive and traumatic aspects of open-chest surgery. A minimally invasive approach allows access to the heart through small incisions and without stopping the heart, or separating the breastbone (sternum) and ribcage, or requiring a heart-lung machine to be used.

Minimally Invasive Procedures:

MAZE Procedure for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB)

Multi-Vessel Small Thoracotomy

Single-Vessel Small Thoracotomy

Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)

USC Cardiac Electrophysiology Service

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