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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Heart Surgery (Definition)

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


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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

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 more

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What are the risks involved with minimally invasive heart surgery?

What are the risks involved with minimally invasive heart surgery?

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 more

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Is minimally invasive heart surgery the same as open heart surgery?

Is minimally invasive heart surgery the same as open heart surgery?

Mostly....: The biggest difference is usually the incision size, with minimally invasive being smaller and often avoiding opening the breastbone. The actual surgical procedure, such as valve repair or bypass is often identical to the traditional approach. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm worried about an open heart surgery. Are there non invasive ways of performing such operations?

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

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When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

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 more

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Can Heart Surgery, Mitral Valve Repair, 1 yr on have an affect on Peak Flow 425 .Mild asthma past taking 2x40 mg Propranolol day/can GERD affect it?

Can Heart Surgery, Mitral Valve Repair, 1 yr on have an affect on Peak Flow 425 .Mild asthma past taking  2x40 mg Propranolol day/can GERD affect it?

Prpranolol: can cause flare up of your asthma and should really not be used in an asthmatic patient. Isuugest a call to the prescribing physician. GERD can also aggravate your ashtma- you need to have your physician address BOTH issues. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why is heart surgery performed through the scrotum?

I'm wondering why is heart surgery performed through the scrotum?

It's not.: Heart surgery is performed through the chest. Some percutaneous treatments are performed through the femoral vessels in the groin. ...Read more

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I had open heart surgery. Can i still have children later?

I had open heart surgery. Can i still have children later?

In general, yes: Having your heart operated on, by itself, does not affect the ability to have children. Specific medications, like coumadin, (warfarin) or your particular heart condition, may affect this however. It is best to talk to your physician for specifics. ...Read more