Mayo Clinic's approach

Your Mayo Clinic team

At Mayo Clinic, doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists), doctors trained in heart surgery (cardiac surgeons), anesthesiologists and other health care professionals trained in minimally invasive heart surgery work closely as a multidisciplinary team to provide coordinated, comprehensive care. The team works with you to ensure a full, smooth recovery after surgery.

Comprehensive evaluation and care

Mayo doctors will evaluate you to determine if you're a candidate for minimally invasive heart surgery. In some cases, doctors may recommend open surgery instead of minimally invasive surgery. Doctors may discuss your individual needs and lifestyle to determine the most appropriate treatment. Doctors take the time to get to know you and work with you to provide exactly the care you need.

Advanced treatment

Mayo Clinic heart surgeons work with an experienced and trained surgical team to perform minimally invasive heart surgery, including robot-assisted heart surgery and thoracoscopic surgery. During robot-assisted heart surgery at Mayo Clinic, one surgeon will sit at a remote console while a second surgeon and surgical team assist at the operating table.

Minimally invasive heart surgery may have several advantages to open-heart surgery, such as smaller scars, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery.

After your procedure, your treatment team will work with you as you recover. Your treatment team may suggest you participate in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic. Cardiac rehabilitation is a program of exercise and education to help you recover and improve your health after surgery.

Research and innovation

Mayo Clinic heart surgeons and researchers actively study potential new techniques, advanced technology and new developments for minimally invasive heart surgery in clinical and laboratory research.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Breathing Easier After Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

    Surgery to replace a failing heart valve restored Dorothy Ganong's quality of life and gave her back the ability to engage in an active lifestyle. Dorothy Ganong of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, struggled with labored breathing for more than two years. She would run out of breath halfway up a flight of stairs and practically have [...]

  2. Robot-Assisted Heart Surgery and a Return to an Active Life

    Six years ago, increased fatigue led Matt Rohrer to Mayo Clinic, where doctors told him his heart?s mitral valve had a severe leak. Today, after robot-assisted heart surgery, Matt is back to enjoying his busy family lifestyle. Matt Rohrer has known since he was a teenager that he had a heart murmur. It's caused by [...]

Expertise and rankings

Experience and expertise

Mayo Clinic heart surgeons have extensive experience, expertise and training in performing minimally invasive heart surgery to treat a wide variety of heart conditions.

Mayo Clinic heart surgeons perform more than 300 minimally invasive heart surgeries each year, including robot-assisted heart surgery, direct, and thoracoscopic surgery.

Heart valve disease experience

Mayo Clinic doctors have experience evaluating and treating people with heart valve disease in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic.

Pediatric heart care expertise

Pediatric heart specialists, including pediatric cardiologists and pediatric heart surgeons, are experienced in evaluating and treating children with heart disease at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota. Pediatric heart surgeons have experience performing minimally invasive heart surgery in older children. Youth needing hospitalization receive care at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiac surgery and cardiovascular diseases departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

March 23, 2018
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