Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Advancing Cardiac Surgery with MICS: Minimizing Trauma, Maximizing Benefits.

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS) offers an alternative option for patients who are candidates for cardiac surgery. MICS revolutionizes traditional approaches by utilizing smaller incisions and novel recovery pathways to recovery. With this less invasive approach, small incisions made between the ribs allows for the sternum to be kept intact and the option for the heart to keep beating or be stopped. 

The advantages to minimally invasive cardiac surgery over conventional surgical methods often include:

  • Smaller incision and less visible scars
  • Less damage to muscle and tissue
  • Less pain and risk of infection
  • Facilitated surgical access in specific scenarios (e.g. redo cases)
  • Lower blood loss as a result of surgery
  • Reduced hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery time

With comparable benefits to open heart surgery but reduced trauma, MICS enables faster return to normal life.


Dr. Gianluigi Bisleri headshotStaff Cardiovascular Surgeon & Associate Professor
Director, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
St. Michael’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Gianluigi Bisleri is an esteemed associate professor of surgery at the University of Toronto and a dedicated staff cardiac surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital. After completing his medical education at the University of Brescia in Italy, he pursued his residency at the University of Padua. With more than 18 years of experience, Dr. Bisleri is a highly skilled cardiac surgeon who holds licenses to practice in both Canada and Italy.

Dr. Bisleri’s commitment to excellence is evident through his active membership in various professional scientific societies and boards. He consistently surpasses the standards set by the nation’s leading surgeons, firmly believing that exceptional patient care requires a foundation built upon experience, continuous education, and advancements in modern medical technology.

Driven by a passion for innovation, Dr. Bisleri is dedicated to exploring new frontiers in the field of cardiac surgery. He focuses on areas of critical importance such as minimally invasive procedures, complex aortic arch diseases, and heart valve treatments. By integrating cutting-edge technologies and techniques into his practice, he seeks to address the evolving needs of his patients and contribute to advancements in the field of cardiac surgery.

Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Academic Interests (Research, Teaching/Education, Quality Improvement etc.): Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Department: Surgery
Division: Cardiovascular Surgery
Clinics: Structural Heart, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Languages: English and Italian
Location: St. Michael’s Hospital


St. Michael’s Hospital

30 Bond St.,
Toronto, ON
M5B 1W8
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