Can you describe minimally invasive heart surgery?

When? Most aortic and mitral valve procedures and some limited coronary bypass procedures. They are usually done with peripheral cannulation and small sternotomies, thoracotomies.
Lots of options. We try to avoid splitting the breast bone completely. Some surgeons open just the top or bottom third. Others avoid opening the sternum completely by making a 2-3 in cut between the ribs. Some bypass surgeries are done w/o the heart lung machine. Most are done with it. Often one or both groins are opened with 1-2 inch cut to access the femoral vessels to use for heart lung machine.
Yes. This would be heart surgery performed without cutting through the sternum (breast bone) at the front of the chest.

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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...