COVID-19 update

We maintain policies to keep patients, visitors and staff safe. Learn the latest on our visitor policy, now 1 guest per patient for most visit types, and on vaccine distribution and availability.

Skip Navigation
Heart Care
Patient and nurse smiling and enjoying time outside.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

The University of Kansas Health System is a leader in minimally invasive heart treatments. Our patients in Kansas City and throughout the region benefit from the expertise of our highly skilled heart surgeons and interventional specialists who work together to provide you with a safe procedure and shorter recovery.

Our hospital offers the latest minimally invasive options so you can get back to the things that matter most. Request an appointment online or call 913-588-1227 to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist. The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City offers minimally invasive heart treatments for people throughout the region.

Innovation in minimally invasive procedures

Some heart conditions can be managed and treated with lifestyle changes and medications. Others require invasive treatments to help improve quality of life and outcomes – such as traditional surgery or open heart surgery. But thanks to new technology, we can offer many treatments with a minimally invasive approach.

Technology and equipment

  • Thanks to advancements in engineering and computer technology, you can avoid large scars and long hospital stays. Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopic or endoscopic surgery, uses a tiny camera and long, thin surgical instruments. They are inserted through very small incisions. The result is less pain, shorter hospitalization, faster recovery and smaller scars.

  • Our hospital was the first in the region to offer all of today's most current options for aortic and pulmonic valve replacement for those who can't have surgery.

    During your procedure, surgeons use a catheter to guide a prosthetic device to the diseased aortic valve. The device expands and replaces the failed valve. This technique is called transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR. It allows the surgeon to replace your valve while your heart is still beating.

  • The latest robotic procedures allow our surgeons to perform minimally invasive treatments more efficiently and precisely than ever before.

    The da Vinci® Surgical System is a versatile technology that can be used for many types of procedures. It provides 3D imaging for a more accurate view of internal organs. Your treatment is completely controlled by your doctor, who operates the da Vinci system using hand movements. These movements are translated by the system into more precise movements, allowing more complicated procedures to be performed through smaller incisions.

    With this technology, doctors are also able to perform coronary bypass surgery and stenting at the same time.

  • We're one of the few hospitals in the area offering nonsurgical closures for PFO (patent foramen ovale) and ASD (atrial septal defect). The technique allows doctors to close the defects using a catheter, rather than open surgery.

  • Because our surgeons specialize in conditions of the chest, not only the heart, they also operate to remove lung tumors. Traditional surgery to remove a lung tumor requires a 4- to 6-inch incision. But surgeons at The University of Kansas Health System can remove lung tumors making a single, 2-inch incision with Uniport. Most patients are able to return home after only 2 days in the hospital.

    Our surgeons are among the first in the country – and among a few in the world – with the expertise and experience to perform this procedure.

  • This is an innovative treatment for people with severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes thickening of the heart muscle. Alcohol septal ablation is an alternative to open heart surgery that reduces the proportion of tissue blocking the blood flow due to thickening of the heart muscles. This procedure is an option for people who are unable to have surgery.

  • For people with chronic or hard-to-treat atrial fibrillation, hybrid ablation can be an excellent treatment option. This technique combines catheter and surgical approaches and requires both a heart surgeon and a heart rhythm specialist. Hybrid ablation helps ablate, or destroy, damaged tissue from both inside and outside the heart. The ablation also corrects the electrical pathways that were causing the heart rhythm problem.

Exterior view of the Heart Center.

State-of-the-art facilities

Most of our catheter-based procedures are offered at the Lynn H. Kindred, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Labs. We also have hybrid catheterization suites that can quickly convert to accommodate a minimally invasive procedure or open heart surgery without moving the patient to another room. This improves patient safety as well as surgical outcomes.

Why choose us

  • Our surgeons have been performing and refining minimally invasive surgical techniques since the early 1980s.
  • We were the first health system in the Kansas City region to offer robotic valve repair.
  • Our hospital was designated a center of excellence for robotic mitral valve repair using the da Vinci system. Teams from all over the country visit us to observe and learn from our technique.
  • We were the first in the region to perform a totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery with a robot.
  • We're one of the few health systems in the area offering nonsurgical closures for PFO (patent foramen ovale) and ASD (atrial septal defect).
  • We are the region's only health system with dedicated, thoracic surgeons. This level of specialization and focus is important for a safe, effective procedure.
  • Our heart surgeons work with other specialists as a team. Physicians and professionals from all areas collaborate and coordinate each patient's care for the best possible outcome.

We offer a variety of appointment types. Learn more or call 913-588-1227 to schedule now.

What to expect

Your heart care team will develop a treatment plan that is best suited for your condition, needs and goals. When a minimally invasive option is available, you will discuss the benefits and risks of your procedure so you can make an informed decision about treatment.

Because minimally invasive procedures typically require fewer incisions and less time on the operating table, you will enjoy a faster recovery than with traditional surgery. Less-invasive procedures often require just 3-5 days in the hospital. Recovery can take 6 weeks to 3 months, but you should have fewer restrictions on movement. Our cardiac rehabilitation program can help you get back to normal quickly and safely.

Related links