If you need to have heart surgery, you want to know that you’re in the best hands using the latest techniques. At Rochester Regional Health’s Sands-Constellation Heart Institute, we’re home to some of the nation’s leading cardiac surgeons in using minimally invasive techniques to repair even the most complicated heart issues. In fact, Rochester General Hospital is one of the only two centers in upstate New York where minimally invasive heart surgery is conducted.
Minimally invasive heart surgery (MIS), also known as keyhole surgery, is a procedure that an expert heart surgeon uses to repair your heart through small incisions without having to “crack the chest” or, split the breastbone.
While splitting the breastbone might sound intimidating, there are some cases when it is necessary. When it’s not, our surgeons aim to use the techniques that will get you the best possible outcomes with fewer side effects.
During minimally invasive heart surgery, the surgeon uses small incisions and specialized instruments and scopes to perform the procedure. As documented by published research, this results in:
Minimally invasive cardiac valve surgery (MIVS) is a procedure performed for repairing or replacing heart valves through a small incision under direct vision. Minimally invasive heart surgery may be performed to treat a variety of heart valves, congenital, arrhythmia and heart failure conditions including:
Dr. Cheng is a board-certified cardiac surgeon and the Surgical Director of Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support. He specializes in advanced heart failure, heart transplantation, left ventricular assist devices, minimally invasive heart surgery, valve surgery, atrial fibrillation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.