Inoperable Heart Disease – Tips to Find a Solution

Inoperable Heart Disease-  Tips For Finding Solutions A diagnosis of inoperable heart disease can be discouraging. A heart condition may be difficult to live with. Minimally invasive bloodless heart surgery may offer options that may not be possible with traditional methods. The treatment options available are dependent upon a number of conditions, including both your own physical health and the scope of experience of the doctors dealing with your case. Inoperable Heart Disease Each patient’s case is decided individually. There are steps you’ll need to take when facing a diagnosis of inoperable heart disease. It’s important not to panic or lose hope. Even if your case isn’t a good candidate for surgical options, there are many treatments available that can extend and improve the quality of your life.  Ask questions. Request that the medical doctor in charge of your case and your surgeon explain exactly why your case is considered “inoperable.” Be sure to write down the details of their answers.  Obtain copies of all of your diagnostic records, including imaging- CAT scans, catheterizations, echocardiograms, EKG and other reports.  Gather copies of all the reports pertinent to your case, including blood test and other results. Heart Disease Heart disease is not a completely-understood condition. There are many aspects that doctors have to make their best educated and trained guesses about the potential outcomes of treatment options. While you’re gathering your records, reach out for a second opinion.  Seek a second opinion. Gather your information and bring it to the new doctor, so that they may evaluate your case fully and to avoid repeating expensive testing.  Ask your doctor to...

How Bloodless Surgery Benefits The Immune System

Benefits of Bloodless Surgery for the Immune System Bloodless surgery is often considered a choice made by those who cannot receive blood transfusions for religious reasons or due to concerns about blood-borne illnesses, but there are also significant benefits to the immune system. Blood transfusions can have a serious impact on the immune system, lowering your ability to fight off illness, allergic reactions, and inflammatory responses. Bloodless Surgery Blood transfusions s hock the immune system, introducing new elements at a time when the body is already vulnerable. Bloodless surgery reduces the risk of post-op infection, inflammation, and other complications. The recovery rate is much faster with bloodless surgery since the body does not have to deal with the shock of introducing new blood to the system. The cost of bloodless surgery to hopsitals is much lower than traditional surgery, and there are far fewer risks involved. Bloodless Heart Surgery Heart surgery is a difficult ordeal for the body to endure. By removing one element of the trauma- blood transfusion, from the equation, bloodless heart surgery becomes safer and less challenging for the patient to undergo. The improved recovery rate, less chances of infection or allergic reaction, and less chance of inflammation all contribute to making bloodless heart surgery a good choice for many candidates. Bloodless Heart Surgery Consultation If you or a loved one are facing heart surgery, come to Dr. Ciuffo for a full evaluation and to explore the options available to you. Dr. Ciuffo understands the specific needs and concerns of Jehovah’s Witnesses and other people of faith. He will review your full medical history and discuss...

What is Bloodless Surgery

Understanding Bloodless Surgery Have you ever heard of bloodless surgery or bloodless medicine? It is a type of medical procedure/practice that does not rely on the use of blood transfusions during a surgical procedure. While that may sound a little crazy to some, it is completely possible, and is an option for those who choose not to receive blood during a procedure. There are some individuals out there that do not wish to receive any other type of blood during a procedure and bloodless surgery is an alternative to the traditional blood transfusion. Why Bloodless Surgery Has Become an Option There are many individuals who would prefer not to receive a blood transfusions which can be due to safety concerns and/or religious beliefs; doctors and medical teams do understand that and respect any person’s wishes in their healthcare plan. There are many heart surgeon professionals in the field of bloodless medicine and they are capable of increasing one’s quality of life through blood management. Numerous Benefits Many benefits can be reaped through bloodless medicine and many studies have been conducted to show the proof. Generally, those who do not receive blood transfusions do in fact, recover much more quickly from any type of surgical procedure because the body is not working so hard to adjust. Patients will typically experience far less risks/infections that are associated with transfusions and they will also be able to shorten their hospital stay time. The Principles Numerous publications surround the principle of bloodless surgery. There are processes that are endured prior to the surgical procedure such as EPO (erythropoietin)/ iron administration which is utilized...

Less Blood Loss With Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

There are many benefits to minimally invasive heart surgery, including a shorter recovery time, a lower risk of infection, reduced trauma, reduced pain, almost invisible scars, and less blood loss. There are methods so advanced, that we can eliminate the need for blood transfusions. For people with concerns over blood transfusions, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, this is potentially life-saving! Dr. Ciuffo is the Director of the Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery program at Mercy Medical Center, so you know that you will be in the absolute best hands with him. Blood Saving Techniques To minimize blood loss, Dr. Ciuffo employs special techniques. These techniques reduce the risk excessive of bleeding during surgery and post-operatively. Surgery is performed through a tiny 2″ incision in the side Use of the heart lung machine to keep entire blood volume in circulation Use of beating heart surgery when necessary Use of cell saver/blood salvage machine Removing some of patient’s blood before surgery and stored until after surgery* Careful cell recycling of blood that is transferred to surgical gauze sponges Controlled surface bleeding with topical hemostatic agents Dilution of blood volume with saline solution Patient kept with a low blood pressure through surgery Intra-operative electro-cautery or argon beam blood vessel coagulation *This method is not used for Jehovah’s Witnesses as blood needs to be stored Schedule A Consultation With Dr. Ciuffo If you or someone who love is in need of heart surgery and considering our low-impact, soft touch approach, get in touch with Dr. Ciuffo today. Our team of experts can help you understand the benefits (and the risks) associated with this surgery compared to...

Better Recovery After Bloodless Heart Surgery

Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo began providing bloodless heart surgery to patients for Jehovah’s Witnesses. Jehovah’s Witnesses must abstain from blood transfusions, according to their bible. Now, many more people are interested in bloodless surgery because of it’s many benefits. Without undergoing a blood transfusion during your surgery, you can be protected from many things — resulting in a quicker and easier recovery. No Blood Transfusions = Better Recovery Bloodless surgery not only helps meet the religious needs of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but also provides multiple specific health benefits. A Strong Immune System During your recovery after traditional surgery with a blood transfusion, your immune system becomes weak and less reactive, making it harder to fight infections. Bloodless heart surgery keeps your immune system strong during your recovery. No Allergic Reactions A blood transfusions cause serious effects on our body and our immune system. Sometimes the effects can manifest as severe allergic reactions. By avoiding a transfusion, patients also avoid allergic reactions that can slow down recovery and cause other problems in the body. No Inflammatory Response Some patients see an accumulation of inflammatory fluids in various organs (lungs, kidneys, muscles) and soft tissues after a transfusion. This inflammatory response effectively slows down the recovery period after traditional heart surgery. This does not happen with bloodless patients. Avoid Blood-Borne Viruses While this is not much of a concern with modern blood screening methods, some patients feel more comfortable without the need to worry about blood borne viruses, like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and others. Request A Consultation With Dr. Ciuffo Learn about one of our bloodless heart surgery patients who traveled from Australia to receive this specialty from Dr. Ciuffo....

Bloodless Cardiac Surgery

Advanced heart surgery can be a life-saving procedure for many individuals. For patients with religious restrictions and other health concerns when it comes to accepting blood transfusions, advanced surgery may not be an options. Fortunately, Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo has developed his minimally invasive techniques for bloodless cardiac surgery. Patients who do not wish or cannot to receive blood transfusions do have options! Bloodless Cardiac Surgery Bloodless surgery is possible by following strict techniques:   Careful preparation of each patient – Dr. Ciuffo and his team investigates any medications and other factors that could cause bleeding, then minimizes those factors to reduce the risk. Precise and meticulous technique during surgery – Using cell and blood saving techniques, along with the minimally invasive methods reduce the risk of bleeding and allow for a bloodless surgery. Thorough postoperative follow-up –  Patients are closely monitored and given different medications to ensure the return to normal hemoglobin levels quickly. Only very small blood samples are taken for testing. Benefits of Bloodless Cardiac Surgery There are many benefits to bloodless surgery, which is why many patients, regardless of their religious affiliation are choosing it. Bloodless surgery results in the avoidance of potential side effects and complications related to blood transfusions. Follow religious beliefs (typically Jehovah’s Witnesses) Reduce risk of HIV/AIDs, hepatitis, and other blood-borne viruses Avoid allergic reactions Avoid inflammatory reactions Keep  immune system strong Recent health studies have confirmed that patients who did not receive a blood transfusion at the time of surgery have better postoperative longevity. Our efforts to pursue bloodless techniques help our patients lengthen and improve their life. Get A Second Opinion If...