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UChicago Medicine is home to a thriving minimally invasive cardiac surgery program that offers a wide range of surgeries performed through small incisions in the chest. Our heart surgeons use robotic devices, sophisticated thin instruments, miniature cameras and hybrid techniques to repair the heart without having to make a long incision and cut through the breastbone.
Our minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery program is internationally recognized for our surgeons’ experience, the full spectrum of procedures we offer and our innovative techniques.
Minimally invasive procedures provide several benefits compared to traditional, open approaches. Patients typically experience shorter hospital stays, less pain, minimal scarring and a much quicker recovery. More than one type of heart problem may to be treated at the same time. For example, a patient who needs mitral valve repair and bypass surgery can have both problems treated during the same operation without opening the chest.
Minimally invasive and robotic heart surgeries are performed in the Center for Care and Discovery - Hyde Park. The surgical suites in the hospital feature sophisticated diagnostics, leading-edge medical and robotic technologies and state-of-the-art imaging capabilities. Hybrid operating rooms unite the surgical suite and the cardiac catheterization lab, enabling surgeons and interventional cardiologists to perform multiple procedures in one setting.
Minimally invasive cardiac procedures performed regularly by UChicago Medicine surgeons include:
Valve repair and replacement.
Time spent in the hospital can sometimes be reduced by as much at 50 percent, compared to open procedures.
The operation is performed without splitting the breastbone, reducing the risk of post-surgical complications and infection.
Depending upon the case, the operation may be performed through four to five dime-size incisions, or with the addition of a 2-inch incision at the side of the chest. Traditional open-heart procedures require a longer incision down the center of the chest.
Tylenol or aspirin are often enough to manage pain after hospital discharge.
Avoiding the bypass machine decreases the risks for neurological complications and stroke.
You can request a second opinion with one of our cardiologists or a cardiac surgeon.
Our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are continuously investigating the latest medications, devices, diagnostic services and treatments for heart disease.
UChicago Medicine surgeons recently performed their 500th robotic cardiac surgery. Learn more about our pioneering program in robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery.