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How did minimally invasive heart surgery evolve as a practice?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Brian Mott
Dr. Brian Mott
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Two ways

Surgeions have looked for ways to use smaller incisions for all kinds of operations icluding those on the heart.
In addition, if the surgery is done without having to put the patient on the heart lung machine in operations that traditionally have required that, it would be considered minimally invasive. The advantage is smaller incisions and a quicker recovery with less complications.

In brief: Two ways

Surgeions have looked for ways to use smaller incisions for all kinds of operations icluding those on the heart.
In addition, if the surgery is done without having to put the patient on the heart lung machine in operations that traditionally have required that, it would be considered minimally invasive. The advantage is smaller incisions and a quicker recovery with less complications.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Thank
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