A Safer Approach to Cardiac Surgery
Minimally invasive cardiac procedures have faster recovery times and lower the chance of complications compared to traditional cardiac surgery methods. Learn more about the advanced minimally invasive procedures offered at the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
We lead other institutions in providing advanced minimally invasive cardiac procedures that provide safe and effective treatment for patients diagnosed with heart conditions.
Our cardiac surgeons are experienced in minimally invasive surgery methods and all types of heart conditions and defects.
Care for All Patients
Traditional open heart surgery can lead to more complications for high-risk patients. We specialize in providing treatment for high-risk patients through minimally invasive procedures.
Minimally invasive cardiac surgery involves creating a small opening into the chest which causes less trauma to the body compared to traditional cardiac procedures.
Lower Risk of Infection
Due to the smaller incisions there is a reduced risk of infection after surgery compared to more invasive approaches.
Short Recovery Time
Patients who undergo minimally invasive cardiac surgery tend to recover faster and get back to their normal lives following their procedure.
Smaller Incision and Scar
Average incisions during minimally invasive cardiac procedures measure about 3 to 4 inches compared to 8 to 10 sternotomy incisions. This means less scarring for patients following the surgery.
Meet Our Experts
Our world-renowned minimally-invasive cardiac surgeons provide comprehensive care for all patients.
News & EventsNew Co-Director Appointed to the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute
James Gammie, M.D., has joined The Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute as a co-director and surgical lead. Dr. Gammie is an expert in mitral valve repair and performs over 200 procedures each year, and is a entrepreneur who has launched four companies — brings that enthusiasm and spirit of innovation to Johns Hopkins.
Revolutionary ProceduresTAVR at Johns Hopkins
"It’s been clearly established now that TAVR is equivalent or superior to surgical aortic valve replacement basically in all patients...This is possibly one of the single most impactful procedures in cardiology and cardiac surgery in the last three decades."
Learn why the TAVR procedure is becoming a popular option for patients facing congestive heart failure.