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How Do You Know If You Are A Candidate For Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
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
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
Smaller incision: Minimally invasive heart surgery uses special instruments, and sometimes a robot, to perform coronary artery bypass surgery or valve surgery using a small incision off and 2-3 CM in diameter. This is much smaller than the standard thoracotomy which is a large midsternal incision. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Heart surgery: So-called minimally invasive heart surgery is used to treat coronary artery disease as well as valvular heart disease. Coronary artery bypass graft surgery and valve repair surgery can be accomplished with minimally invasive techniques but requires a surgeon who is highly skilled in using these techniques. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: There is not much data on this. We do know healing progresses rapidly for six weeks and slowly for more part of the answers depends on why and where you need to travel, how extensive your surgery was and how you are doing clinically. Lifting and stress on he wound are major issues. Many patients know when they feel better and are willing to travel. Bottom line i would ask your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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