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What patients are eligible for minimally invasive heart surgery?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Some

Patients with limited disease burden.

In brief: Some

Patients with limited disease burden.
Dr. Nassir Azimi
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Dr. Franklin Schneider
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

The type of surgery and a history of prior surgery usually determine if an operation can be minimally invasive - if only the aortic valve or mitral valve need to be replaced/repaired you may qualify for a less invasive approach.
This approach is avoided in patients who need a valve surgery and bypasses, or (sometimes) in patients with prior surgery - the scarring may interfere.

In brief: It depends

The type of surgery and a history of prior surgery usually determine if an operation can be minimally invasive - if only the aortic valve or mitral valve need to be replaced/repaired you may qualify for a less invasive approach.
This approach is avoided in patients who need a valve surgery and bypasses, or (sometimes) in patients with prior surgery - the scarring may interfere.
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Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Anybody

Mainly the patients needing mv repair surgery.

In brief: Anybody

Mainly the patients needing mv repair surgery.
Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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In brief: Many

Minimally invasive valve surgery for aortic valve replacement.
This is achieved by a smaller incision in the top of the chest. Mitral valve replacement can be done by robotic. Coronary artery bypass can be done by small incisions. The most important question is to do surgery the safest with good outcome. Recovery from surgery requires dedication from the patient and family.

In brief: Many

Minimally invasive valve surgery for aortic valve replacement.
This is achieved by a smaller incision in the top of the chest. Mitral valve replacement can be done by robotic. Coronary artery bypass can be done by small incisions. The most important question is to do surgery the safest with good outcome. Recovery from surgery requires dedication from the patient and family.
Dr. Randy Stevens
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