Open Heart and Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Adults who need heart (cardiac) surgery have access to a full range of options at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.

Our cardiac surgeons perform open heart and minimally invasive heart surgeries, including:

And, people with thoracic aortic diseases have immediate access to advanced treatments such as:

  • Minimally invasive endovascular thoracic aortic repairs using stent grafts.
  • Aortic root reconstructions — using complex valve repair techniques designed by our own surgeons at UPMC's Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease — that preserve the aortic valve.

About the UPMC Adult Cardiac Surgery Program

As a national center of excellence for heart surgery — and the largest cardiac surgery program in Pennsylvania — our surgeons and researchers have helped lead the way in developing new treatments and surgical techniques.

For example, our heart surgeons:

  • Helped pioneer minimally invasive heart surgery techniques.
  • Performed the first minimally invasive coronary bypass (MIDCAB) graft in the tristate (Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia) region.
  • Have expanded these minimally invasive approaches to include valve surgery and the use of robotics.
  • Continue to perform advanced procedures and explore new approaches, including the development of techniques for durable valve repair on both mitral and aortic valves.

A rich history of excellence in cardiac surgery

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