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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