Patient Care — Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
"Key-hole" surgery / Minimally invasive heart surgery involves performing bypass operations, valve replacements or repairs, and some congenital heart surgery through smaller, less invasive incisions. Sometimes referred to as "key-hole" heart surgery, this allows for faster recovery and in some cases a lower risk of wound healing problems and chronic pain syndromes. Although not all patients may be candidates for this type of surgery, it may be advantageous for younger, more active patients who are seeking an alternative to the traditional sternotomy (i.e., dividing of the breastbone) approach to heart surgery. Trained in the use of robotic and endoscopic technology, Seenu Reddy, MD, MBA, specializes in multivessel beating-heart surgery through smaller (i.e., 3- to 4-inch) transverse incisions, leaving the breastbone intact. Edward Sako, MD, PhD, specializes in aortic as well as mitral valve replacement and repair surgeries through smaller, less invasive incisions. In addition, John Calhoon, MD, has performed similar minimally invasive valve surgeries to correct certain congenital heart defects (i.e., atrial septal defects and ventricular septal defects). We also offer hybrid procedures, working with our cardiology specialists to provide the best in coronary artery stenting and bypass surgery.
Several of our faculty also perform open heart surgery on Jehovah's Witnessess, and practive blood conservation techniques to minimize blood transfusions.