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What patients are eligible for minimally invasive heart surgery?
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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Clinical Lipidology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Some
Patients with limited disease burden.

In brief: Some
Patients with limited disease burden.
Dr. Nassir Azimi
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.
Dr. Franklin Schneider
Dr. Franklin Schneider
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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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