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.
Depends. It depends on a few things. How sick and deconditioned were you before your surgery? Was your operative recovery uneventful? How are you traveling? How long are you traveling? Where are you traveling? What healthcare is nearby? These questions are some of what i consider. Personally I have let some travel in a couple weeks. Other i haven't let travel for a couple of months.
It depends. Your ability to travel depends both upon exactly what heart procedure you had and how you plan on traveling. Car travel includes use of shoulder seat belts which may put pressure on your chest. While air travel has both lower cabin oxygen levels while in flight and the stress of traveling (anxiety, security measures, delays etc). Guidelines have been established to help your doctor advise you.

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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...
Depends. What diagnosis what operation what personal risk factors? Death bleeding recurrence over time stroke infection are the serious but infrequent things we talk to patients about as they consent to operations. Read more...

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...
No. Minimally invasive heart surgery are performed through small institutions on the sides of your chest. They will go through your rib cage inorder to not crack your chest. This results in quicker recovery time and less pain. Your surgeon could also see areas of the heart better rather than open heart. Read more...

When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

Many factors. If the ohs is for coronary artery blockage, surgery is indicated for life threatening disease (involving the left main artery) or multiple blockages (involving 3 or more arteries) that for technical reasons can't be adequately dilated and stented. If the ohs is for a valve, it depends on which valve, what's wrong with the valve, and the severity of symptoms. Read more...
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...

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...

I have endocarditis caused by aspergillus, is heart surgery necessary?

Depends. If valves are infected they may not be salvegable and surgery will be necessary for survival. Read more...
Usually. Aspergillus endocarditis is generally fatal without a combination of surgery and antifungal therapy. Read more...