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How Soon Can I Travel After A Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
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
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
Same as traditional.: While smaller incisions imply less post op pain it isn't always true. In addition the operation done on the inside should be the same as a traditional operation done via sternotomy . Therefore the complication rate for various heart procedures should be similar or slightly better with mihs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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