Procedures that are less invasive than traditional open surgery are considered minimally invasive. Incisions are significantly smaller, sometimes only one-tenth the size used in typical open surgery. Miniature devices or tools such as laparoscopes or endoscopes are inserted through these tiny incisions or body openings to carry out the procedure.
Minimally Invasive Heart Care at StoneSprings Hospital Center
Minimally invasive heart care offered StoneSprings Hospital includes:
- Cardiac catheterization – Uses a small tube inserted into a blood vessel in the groin or wrist and X-rays to assess the heart and blood supply
- Cardiac assist devices, such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators – Monitor and help maintain heart rhythm
- Ablation – Uses extreme heat, cold or types of targeted radiation to destroy selected heart cells that create irregular heart rhythms