In the past, heart surgery required a major open procedure via a median sternotomy (full division of the breast bone in the middle and spreading the breast bone apart using a large retractor). With new technological developments, it is now possible to perform certain heart surgery via a less invasive approach, known as “Minimally Invasive”, “Minimally Access” or “Keyhole Surgery”. Minimally invasive heart surgery can be achieved utilizing video-scope or robotic assistance to allow better visualization and precise tissue handling. Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement and mitral valve surgery are two major facets of minimally invasive heart surgery. These procedures have a number of benefits to our patients, including:

  • Small incisions, hence better cosmesis
  • Reduced risk of bleeding
  • Reduced post-operative pain 
  • Shorter hospital stay 
  • More rapid return to full activity


To see if you are qualified for minimally invasive procedures, you can book for an appointment with Professor Tristan Yan, once you have received a referral from either your general practitioner or treating specialist. A teleconsultation could also be arranged for you, if you meet the criteria of a remote or rural patient. These consultations can be conducted over the Internet through Skye. (Download latest version of Skype here).

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Our International Experts/Associates:

In collaboration with our visiting professors and experts, our Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery Program offers the latest pioneering techniques to achieve a more rapid and comfortable recovery for our patients.

Mini-Aortic Surgery

Mini-Mitral Surgery

Mini-AF Surgery