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How Did Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Evolve As A Practice
Smaller incision : When gallbladder surgery was done with laparoscopic techniques everyone tried to do the same from prostates, thyroid, lung, gastric, appendectomies, etc. It was only natural that heart surgery would do the same. Mostly these techniques have been applied to valve operations but some coronary work is done this way. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more
Similar to standard: For most minimally invasive heart surgery the main difference is the means to access the surgical site. Though less trauma may be needed, the actual surgical procedure itself will be similar and therefore have comparative risk to an "open" case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if i'm worried about an open heart surgery. Are there non invasive ways of performing such operations?
Depends: Some problems can be addressed in some patients without surgery. Sometimes one approach is likely to be safer or have better results. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Age and severity: Coronary artery disease is now often treated with stents placed during a cardiac cath, instead of open heart surgery. What is unclear is whether stents last as long as bypass, or if they are as good for multiple vessle disease. Younger patients, mand patients with more severe multiple vessel disease may do better with an open heart bypass. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm being evaluated for heart surgery. Specifically an aorta heart valve replacement and possibly surgery for an enlarged aorta measuring 5.1 cm. Would the combination of the above preclude me as a candidate for minimally invasive surgery or would the tr
Depends: On the technology and skill of the surgeon and medical center where you go. Both procedures can be done percutaneously/endovascular by entering the vessels in your groin. Whether both can be done at the same time is something only your surgeon/cardiologist should discuss with you. Minimally invasive valve surgery is usually done for pts who would not be able to tolerate an open procedure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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