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Saint Thomas Heart

Minimally Invasive Coronary Surgery

Minimally invasive coronary surgery includes multiple surgical procedures performed through incisions that are substantially smaller and less traumatic than the standard sternotomy, which involves splitting the breastbone. These incisions measure about 3 to 4 inches compared with 8 to 10 inches with sternotomy incisions. Specialized handheld and robotic instruments are used to project the dexterity of the surgeon’s hands through these small incisions in performing the operations.