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.
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.

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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 you suggest some heart exercises that I can do after open heart surgery?

Aerobic. Aerobic exercises (such as walking) are preferred as opposed to resistance exercises (such as weightlifting). Exercise does not improve the strength of the heart but improves the efficiency of the rest of the body so less demand is placed on the heart. In most cases, cardiac rehabilitation is available either as an inpatient or outpatient after heart surgery. Read more...
Walking. The easiest and safest exercise is walking, but consult with your cardiologist before starting an exercise program and periodically afterwards. Read more...

I just had open heart surgery, is there a list of food suitable for my case after the operation?

Diet for heart. Your doctor should give you specific instructions on your diet depending on what your situation and illnesses are. Read more...