Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, also known as MICS CABG (Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery/Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting) or The McGinn Technique is heart surgery performed through several small incisions instead of the traditional open-heart surgery that requires a median sternotomy approach. MICS CABG is a beating-heart multi-vessel procedure performed under direct vision through an anterolateral mini-thoracotomy.

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery are less blood loss, reduced post-operative discomfort, faster healing times and lowered risk of infections, as well as eliminating the possibility for deep sternal wound infection or sternal non-union. This procedure makes heart surgery possible for patients who were previously considered too high risk for traditional surgery due to age or medical history. Patients referred for this procedure may have Coronary Artery Disease (CAD); aortic, mitral or tricuspid valve diseases; or previous unsuccessful stenting.

Three common assumptions in the training routine of all cardiac surgeons:

  1. The cutting of the breast bone (median sternotomy)
  2. The use of the heart-lung machine (cardiopulmonary bypass)
  3. The routine use of Blood transfusions


  • Each assumption has been challenged and improved by devising new minimally invasive techniques and technologies
  • Rapid and uneventful return to a healthy and productive lifestyle
  • Ease and speed of recovery the focus of clinical efforts to rapidly restore patients’ life style back to normal.
  • Is the most exciting evolution in the history of Cardiac Surgery
  • Improved, low-impact and soft-touch way to treat cardiovascular patients
  • Quicker and more comfortable recovery after a wide variety of procedures
  • Regardless of age and/or overall physical condition
  • Return to homes and families four days after a much less invasive operation.
  • Scars are tiny and often completely hidden