There are many reasons a patient could be diagnosed as an inoperable heart surgery patient. However, most of these reasons come down to age and fragility or other health concerns the patient may have. While other doctors may diagnose a patient as inoperable, Dr. Ciuffo will work with you to reevaluate their diagnosis and see what he can do to make your heart surgery procedure happen.
Inoperable Heart Surgery
Ask your local cardiologist and heart surgeon why you have been diagnosed as an inoperable heart surgery patient and write down their answers. An expert high-risk heart surgery specialist can often evaluate each case and handle many risk factors with excellent results and techniques that might not be available locally. The local physician might be blaming your bad lungs for symptoms that are at least in part related to the heart condition. Fixing the heart condition might reverse these symptoms enough to save a patient and restore quality of life. Additionally, ask what your chances are without surgery. What some surgeons and cardiologists fail to tell you is that doing nothing about your “inoperable” heart condition is much riskier than the surgery to fix it. It is important to know this to help you make the right choice and consider a second opinion.
Specific Disease Issues
These heart conditions present disease-specific technical and clinical issues you need to know about if you are told you are an inoperable heart surgery patient or a high-risk case:
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Aortic Valve Stenosis and Insufficiency
- Mitral Valve Regurgitation and Stenosis
- Tricuspid Valve Disease
- Aortic Aneurysms
Dr. Ciuffo and the Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program
Dr. Ciuffo is dedicated to helping you understand your inoperable heart surgery patient status. If you have any questions about being diagnosed as “inoperable” or about minimally invasive heart surgery procedures in general, feel free to contact us at (330) 588-4676 or visit our contact page online.