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Minimally Invasive Procedures

While thoracic and cardiac surgery often requires an open chest approach, Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates offers minimally invasive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery options to qualified patients. Our practice was the first in the state to perform minimally invasive mitral valve surgery and the first in central South Carolina to perform a thoracic aneurysm repair using an endograft.

We continue to expand minimally invasive surgical offerings, which include:

  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Atrial fibrillation ablation
  • Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass graft (MID CAB)
  • Epicardial pacemaker lead placement
  • Off-pump (beating heart) coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB)
  • Thoracic aneurysm (endograft)
  • Thorascopic lobectomy (lung cancer)
  • Saphenous (leg) vein harvest
  • Thoracic and abdominal aortic stent grafting

Minimally invasive surgery is performed through smaller incisions, using specialized surgical instruments. Limited incisions are used in these procedures. The smaller incision greatly benefits the patient in terms of less blood loss and decreased pain and discomfort. Recovery time is quicker, so patients usually can look forward to less time in the hospital and a shorter overall recovery time.