minimally invasive heart surgery

Minimally invasive heart surgery, also referred to as limited access coronary surgery, is an alternative to open-chest coronary artery bypass surgery. With minimally invasive heart surgery, small incisions (ports) are made in the chest. Chest arteries or veins from the leg are attached to the heart to bypass the clogged coronary artery or arteries. In some cases the surgeon views these operations on video monitors rather than directly.

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