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A 45-year-old member asked:

What aftercare is prescribed after minimally invasive heart surgery?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Short & long-term: Depending on exactly how "minimally invasive" it was, the short term care is focused on wound healing (no infections, wound disruption) and rehabilitation (increasing activity). In the long-term, the care needs to be focused on why the procedure was required in the first place, so risk factor assessment and management (blood fats, blood pressure, diabetic status, smoking status, weight control).
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
Same as regular : Most patients will be advised to walk every day, do deep breathing exercises, no heavy lifting or driving.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How soon can I travel after a minimally invasive heart surgery?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
It depends: Your ability to travel depends both upon exactly what heart procedure you had and how you plan on traveling. Car travel includes use of shoulder seat belts which may put pressure on your chest. While air travel has both lower cabin oxygen levels while in flight and the stress of traveling (anxiety, security measures, delays etc). Guidelines have been established to help your doctor advise you.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How do you know if you are a candidate for minimally invasive heart surgery?

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Dr. Jeffrey Everett
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
See MIS surgeon: Find a surgeon who performs minimally invasive heart surgery (mis) and discuss the possibility with them. You may ask your cardiologist who does that type surgery in your area to start.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How did minimally invasive heart surgery evolve as a practice?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Two ways: Surgeions have looked for ways to use smaller incisions for all kinds of operations icluding those on the heart. In addition, if the surgery is done without having to put the patient on the heart lung machine in operations that traditionally have required that, it would be considered minimally invasive. The advantage is smaller incisions and a quicker recovery with less complications.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What are the ideal results of minimally invasive heart surgery?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Same outcome: To me, the best outcome of minimally invasive heart surgery would be similar outcome as compared to the regular old invasive heart surgery with hopefully less trauma and quicker recovery. This type of a result is usually only accomplished in very experienced centers with operators that do this kind of surgery on a regular basis.
A 47-year-old member asked:

When was minimally invasive heart surgery performed first?

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Dr. Randy Kiewe
Cardiology 27 years experience
1998: In may 1998, dr. Friedrich-wilhelm mohr using the da vinci surgical system performed the first robotically assisted heart bypass at the leipzig heart centre in germany.

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