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Services » Tommy Lasorda Heart Institute » Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Minimally invasive procedures are performed through small incisions using specialized surgical instruments. The incision used for minimally invasive heart surgery is about 3 to 4 inches instead of the 6 to 8 inch incision required for traditional surgery. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery techniques may include:

  • A smaller incision
  • A smaller scar
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Less bleeding
  • Less trauma
  • Less pain
  • Decrease in the length of stay in the hospital after surgery
  • Decreased recovery time

Minimally invasive treatments include:

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