Opportunities - Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery - Quality Improvement


Libin Cardiovascular Institute



Minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS) is a newer surgical technique used by our cardiac surgeons in Calgary to treat some heart conditions rather than conventional (stemotomy) cardiac surgery. Alberta Health Services and the Libin Cardiovascular Institute are working together to develop customized care for this patient population. Currently, patients have access to the same resources and care that was developed for patients undergoing conventional surgery.

MICS has certain differences than conventional surgery such as: incision site locations, surgical risk, post-operative complications, and recovery journeys. The development of educational resources for the patients and general public can help ensure people feel confident and prepared to undergo surgery and help set them up for improved recovery afterwards. This project is focused on the pre-operative preparation of patients and is occurring in conjunction with an AHS project targeted at customizing post-operative care within the hospital with a goal of reducing the number of days patients remain in the hospital after minimally invasive cardiac surgery.


Roles and Responsibilities

We are hoping to recruit past patients and/or the family members of patients who have underwent minimally invasive cardiac surgery (mitral valve, aortic valve, and ASD repair) to discuss their experience with the entire process. Their involvement would require a cardiac nurse reaching out to them (via phone call or Zoom call) to reflect on and discuss their heart condition, the referral process, and work up prior to surgery, surgery and their recovery afterwards.

Family member input would be beneficial as they have a large role in recovery after discharge. The patient’s story can provide perspective to help in the design of information (content and format) and be valuable for future minimally invasive cardiac surgery patients. If patient/family members are willing or interested they can review any materials developed to ensure they are comprehensive and understandable and provide feedback.


Time Commitment

Patients would be asked to participate in one or two meetings with a cardiac nurse via phone call or Zoom appointment, due to current COVID restrictions. The meeting duration would be based on how much information is shared, likely less than an hour in length for each meeting.


This is a volunteer role.


Contact Information

If you would like to learn more or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jolene Moen