Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

A number of new techniques to reduce the trauma of surgery have been introduced to cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery. While ACTV takes a conservative approach to new or experimental surgical options, surgeons in the group do carefully evaluate patients for less-invasive surgical procedures.

The goals of minimally invasive surgery are to make surgery safer for certain high-risk patients, to decrease hospital stays and recovery times, and reduce post-operative pain and complications. While several minimally invasive techniques hold promise, many have not been proven superior to traditional, time-tested surgical techniques.

Among the procedures most commonly in use are off-pump bypass grafts, where surgery is done on a beating heart. Endoscopic harvesting of veins for grafting is a minimally invasive technique gaining increased acceptance. Thoracoscopic surgery is a procedure to operate inside the chest in a minimally invasive manner.

The members of ACTV continually evaluate new surgical techniques, assessing their impact on surgical quality and outcomes and patient care and comfort.

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