If you have coronary artery disease and need bypass surgery, our experts give you multiple options for world-class care. In addition to open heart surgery, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute offers a minimally invasive approach.

With minimally invasive bypass surgery, doctors get to your heart by making three small cuts instead of making a large cut down the middle of your chest and breaking your breastbone. This minimally invasive approach, also known as the McGinn Technique, was pioneered by Sanger's Chief of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Joseph McGinn, MD.

As the Charlotte region's only provider of minimally invasive heart bypass surgery, we're at the forefront of delivering this groundbreaking treatment. That means better, more advanced care for you – closer to home.

For more information, call 704-512-2095.

Go Inside the McGinn Technique

Learn how minimally invasive bypass works from Dr. Joseph McGinn, the surgeon who invented it.

Less Pain, Faster Recovery

Compared to conventional open heart surgery, here's what you can expect with minimally invasive bypass:

  • Less pain. With open heart surgery, doctors must break your breastbone and ribs to get to your heart. Minimally invasive bypass doesn't involve any broken bones. Instead, you only have three small cuts to heal from.
  • Recovery in days, not months. While open heart surgery normally involves months of recovery and restrictions like being unable to drive, you can recover from minimally invasive bypass and get back to your normal routine much faster. Most patients leave the hospital within three days and can return to their normal activities (both work and play) in just two weeks.
  • Lower risk of complications. Because the surgery is much less invasive, you'll have a lower risk of infection and other complications.
  • Little to no scarring. With minimally invasive bypass, doctors get to your heart through three very small cuts instead of one very large one that runs down your chest. That means you'll have very little scarring, or even none at all.

Are You a Fit for Minimally Invasive Bypass?

Minimally invasive bypass might be right for you if:

  • You've been diagnosed with coronary artery disease
  • You've had previous stenting that was unsuccessful
  • You're experiencing severe symptoms that can no longer be controlled with medication or stenting
  • You have another condition in addition to heart disease, including severe COPD, arthritis or orthopedic problems

You may not be a candidate for minimally invasive bypass if:

  • You've previously had major surgery for advanced vascular disease
  • Doctors determine your BMI is too high
  • Doctors consider your case an emergency
  • You have a condition like posterolateral branch disease, dilated cardiomyopathy or pectus excavatum

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