In contrast to the old method of stopping the heart and putting the patient on a heart/lung bypass machine at University Hospital the MIS approach is accentuated by the ability to perform what is known as "beating heart" surgery in which surgeries can be performed without stopping the patient's heart.
To achieve this a device known as the Medtronic Octopus® Stabilizer stabilizes the beating heart while the surgery is performed. This new approach allows patients to go home sooner, usually in three to four days as opposed to six or seven days with the old method. Furthermore, patients overall lose less blood and have a lower risk of stroke and renal failure.
Minimally invasive heart surgery is not for every patient however so to determine if you are a candidate speak with your physician or contact us.