Why Go Minimally Invasive?

Considering Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery For Your Cardiac Procedure?

There are many benefits to getting minimally invasive heart surgery rather than traditional open heart methods. Dr. Ciuffo has been specializing in this method of cardiac surgery in order to meet the unique needs of patients from all over the world. Both high risk (frail and otherwise sick) and low risk patients get the benefits of Dr. Ciuffo’s low-impact surgical methods without the issues and risks associated with traditional open heart surgery.

Very Small Scar

The most obvious benefit to minimally invasive heart surgery is the cosmetic one. Dr. Ciuffo performs surgeries through a very small incision, usually about 2 inches. The scars from this can typically be hidden under the fold of the breast and fade with time. Regular clothing easily covers the scar. Traditional heart surgery involves a sternotomy, a 8″ to 12″ incision down the center of the chest, the scar is very large and spans almost to the neck, making it harder to cover with modern clothes. See some of the scarless results from Dr. Ciuffo’s patients compared with a sternotomy.

minimally invasive heart surgery scar female

No Broken Bones

The traditional sternotomy incision is made so that the surgeon can get easier access to the heart, and that includes breaking the sternum and potentially a few ribs in the process. Minimally invasive heart surgery does not break any bones. Dr. Ciuffo uses long instruments to reach the heart during surgery, so there’s no need to break bones.

Quicker Recovery Time

Our techniques promote quick healing and less trauma (no broken bones or no massive incisions), so recovery after minimally invasive heart surgery in much quicker. Most of our patients are able to be discharged from the hospital within two or three days of their surgery. They can also resume normal activities much faster and they are not bedridden for a matter of weeks.

Bloodless Options

We can also use a combination of minimally invasive and bloodless techniques. Dr. Ciuffo has been using and developing these no-blood methods to better serve the needs of his patients. Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as people concerned with blood-borne viruses and the negative affects of blood transfusions can get life-saving heart surgery without having to sacrifice their health and beliefs.

Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Ciuffo

If you or a loved one are researching the benefits of minimally invasive heart surgery or in need of a second opinion after an “inoperable” diagnosis, we can help. Learn more about our minimally invasive cardiac procedures. Call now at (330) 363-1341 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a meeting with Dr. Ciuffo.



A picture of Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD wearing his Mercy One doctor attire.

About the Author

Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD Director is an expert in Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery and Bloodless Heart Surgery is the outcome of his commitment to the development and improvement of both of these techniques. He runs a Cardiothoracic Surgery practice and manages Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program where he cares for patients from all over the country and locally. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ciuffo.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery