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Doctor insights on: What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

More precision: With robotic surgery, the surgeon can use natural wrist and hand motions which are exactly replicated inside the patient with the robotic instruments. Visualization is improved with magnification and depth perception. This improved precision results in less blood loss, less tissue trauma, less pain, and better recovery for patients. ...Read more

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What are the known risks of minimally invasive surgery?

What are the known risks of minimally invasive surgery?

Which one?: Minimally invasive surgery(mis)includes a wide variety of operations performed by many different types of surgeons. The risks of any operation are very dependent on the organ being operated on and the health of the prospective patient. As a general surgeon, mis is used synonymously with laparoscopic surgery, placing a small camera in the abdomen and working thru keyhole-sized incisions. ...Read more

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What are the ideal results of minimally invasive heart surgery?

What are the ideal results of minimally invasive heart surgery?

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 more

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What are some disadvantages of minimally invasive surgery?

What are some disadvantages of minimally invasive surgery?

Very few.: The goal of every operation is to safely accomplish the desired outcome. "mis" allows us to do this with much less pain than traditional surgery, but it should never be at the expense of less safety. Furthermore, the indications for surgery shouldn't change based on technique. A critical measure of competence is the number of prior options performed--be sure to ask your surgeon this question. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and risks of choosing minimally invasive coronary artery surgery?

What are the benefits and risks of choosing minimally invasive coronary artery surgery?

Faster recovery...: The avoidance of a sternotomy usually allows return to full activity much sooner. There is also a reduced need for blood transfusions. ...Read more

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What are the common risks of laser spine procedures?

What are the common risks of laser spine procedures?

Why: Laser spine surgery carries with it the same dangers as conventional spine surgery. The real question is are there advantages of laser spine surgery over conventional spine surgery. According to a paper by the mayo clinic laser spine surgery does not provide any advantage over conventional spine surgery. There are no independent studies that have confirmed the benefits of the laser spine surgery over conventional spine surgery. Additionally there in the next the tremendous expense of laser spine surgery that cost approximately 2 to 3 times that of conventional. ...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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What are the risks and benefits of a transurethral sphincterotomy?

What are the risks and benefits of a transurethral sphincterotomy?

Free flow: done for obstruction. STDcan cause certain structures and once treated these need opening. Generally a low risk of bleeding and recurrence ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of cardiac ablation?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of cardiac ablation?

Short List: Advantages: potential permanent fix no need for lifetime meds (often) feeling of "doing something about it" disadvantages: expensive if you pay in cash carries procedural risks requires time off work (but not much) may require repeat procedure very competent doctor often required to get best results and avoid inadvertent damage. Not all doctors ablate with equal skill (much the same as surgeons). ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the endoscopic laser spine surgery?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the endoscopic laser spine surgery?

Less invasive: Pro: less invasive (small incision, less tissue disturbance), maybe faster recovery (hard to prove) con: more x-ray exposure, fewer surgeons competent in technique, may or may not prove more effective than conventional surgery both it and conventional share surgical risks: infection, bleeding, continued symptoms, relapse, nerve or blood vessel problems, etc. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and risks of lasik surgery?

What are the benefits and risks of lasik surgery?

Complicated: A discussion of risks and benefits of any surgical procedure if far to lengthy to cover here. The discussion should also be personalized to the patient since some have risk factors that others do not. Suffice it to say that laser vision correction is extremely low as when compared to surgical procedures in general but all surgery carries some risk as it is dependent on the healing process. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery: This is new technology and many surgeons are not properly trained. Experience is the key with surgery, even with robotics ! ...Read more

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What are the benefits of lumbar surgery versus alternatives?

What are the benefits of lumbar surgery versus alternatives?

Depends: Most clinicians recommend nonsurgical treatments for spinal disorders rather than going straight to surgery for common conditions like disc disease,spinal stenosis,spondolisthesis,etc. When all else fails, then surgery is considered. This approach is popular because with invasive treatment complications are possible and treatment failures are not uncommon. ...Read more

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What are the surgical risks of a lobotomy?

What are the surgical risks of a lobotomy?

Too high: Only in extremely rare cases would anyone recommend this procedure now. If a doctor is recommending this procedure, i would get a second opinion before considering it. ...Read more

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What are some disadvantages of endoscopic surgery?

What are some disadvantages of endoscopic surgery?

Open for debate: Surgery is an ever evolving discipline and less invasive modalities such as endoscopic technique decrease overall trauma to the patient. As newer techniques are constantly evolving, lack of a standard is a big disadvantage. Having gone through the evolution myself, i miss the actual tactile component of surgery. Nothing is as gentle as your surgeon's hands when dealing with very delicate tissue. ...Read more

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What are some of the benefits of epi lasik?

What are some of the benefits of epi lasik?

Not as deep as LASIK: The flap in the cornea is not as deep so epi lasik is safer in patients with thin corneas. ...Read more

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What are the the risks & drawbacks of heart bypass surgery - not the benefits?

What are the the risks & drawbacks of heart bypass surgery - not the benefits?

Low risk: For coronary bypass operations:the list includes dying, bleeding and reoperation, infection treated by antibiotics, stroke which is rare unless other risks. Those who need the surgery have higher risks of these items without having an indicated operation. In general the risks added together are less than 2% even in these ill persons. ...Read more

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