Procedures that are less invasive than traditional open surgery are considered minimally invasive. Incisions are significantly smaller, perhaps only one-tenth the size of that used in typical open surgery. Miniature devices or tools such as laparoscopes or endoscopes are inserted through these tiny incisions or body openings, to carry out the procedure.

Minimally Invasive Heart Care at LewisGale

Minimally invasive heart care offered by LewisGale Regional Health System includes:

  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and interventional cardiology Emergency or elective procedures to quickly open blocked arteries using angioplasty, atherectomy and stents; our average door-to-balloon time consistently outperforms the American College of Cardiologys standard of 90 minutes
  • Cardiac catheterization Uses a small tube inserted into a blood vessel and X-rays to assess the heart and blood supply
  • Cardiac assist devices, such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators Monitor heart rhythm and provide timely and appropriate treatment
  • Ablation Uses extreme heat, cold or types of targeted radiation to destroy selected heart cells that create various irregular heart rhythms

Southwest Virginia's Best Source for Heart Care

Rely on the integrated healthcare delivery of LewisGale Regional Health System for prompt response to heart emergencies. In most cases, access to our network of care means you can often avoid having to be transferred to facilities outside our system when you're in critical need of immediate life-saving measures.

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery is the only facility in the New River Valley equipped to perform emergency and nonemergency PCI, including angioplasty and stents, for quick opening of blocked arteries. Our satellite clinics in the Alleghany Highlands, Lexington and Smith Mountain Lake can make local appointments for a range of tests with our cardiologists while you stay close to home.

And when you need a higher level of care, our seamless interfacility transfer process brings you to LewisGale Medical Center in Salem/Roanoke for complex heart surgery, diagnostic or interventional PCI (angioplasty/stents) or detailed electrophysiology (heart rhythm) procedures.