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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 42 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).
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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 30 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?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 36 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 47-year-old member asked:

When was minimally invasive heart surgery performed first?

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Dr. Randy Kiewe
Internal Medicine 28 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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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are alternatives to minimally invasive heart surgery?

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Dr. Kevin Lingle
Cardiology 16 years experience
Many: Instead of minimally invasive cardiac surgery, one could opt for normal heart surgery (with a thoracotomy), percutaneous intervention (stents if the surgery is bypass, or tavi/valvuloplasty if related to aortic stenosis or mitral stenosis), or medical treatment. It depends on what the surgery is exactly as to what your options are.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are some of the goals of minimally invasive heart surgery?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Already Answered : Please refer to my earlier answer to the question "goals of minimally invasive surgery", the goals are overall the same for most minimally invasive surgery including heart surgery.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are some of the benefits of minimally invasive heart surgery?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Less pain: Less pain and quicker recovery times are the most common advantages to small incisions.
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