Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery


Minimally Invasive Heart Surgeons: How to Choose

Minimally invasive heart surgeons perform procedures that cause less trauma and pain, resulting in quicker recovery times compared to open-heart surgery. These surgeons perform procedures using small incisions in your chest as a safer alternative to open-heart surgery. Rather than having to cut through your breastbone, minimally invasive heart surgeon qualifications allow them to operate between the ribs, resulting in less pain and faster recovery time. In fact, surgeons sometimes have a better view of certain areas of the heart than with open-heart surgery. The vast majority of minimally invasive procedures don’t require the surgeon to stop your heart. How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a minimally invasive heart procedure? Depending on various personal factors, minimally invasive surgery might be the perfect option for you. Other benefits may include: Lower risk of infections Less blood loss Reduced pain and trauma Shorter hospital or clinic stay Smaller and less noticeable scars It’s also very important that your minimally invasive surgeon strives for cohesion and clear, open communication within his team. It’s vital that the team know your specific needs and whether or not minimally invasive surgery is for you. In addition, you want your heart specialists to exhibit those same characteristics with all your other healthcare providers. Other Preparation? Make sure you’ve had a recent physical examination, with a complete review of your medical history and blood analysis. There is a chance you may have to get your procedure done at a medical center. This decision is based on your physicians’ and specialists’ evaluation of your condition. What kind of minimally invasive heart procedures are available?...

Bloodless Heart Surgery Recovery

Heart surgery is one of the most sophisticated and complex types of surgery. It is demanding and requires an excellent team of physicians, assistants, and support personnel. Minimally invasive heart surgery significantly decreases the amount of trauma and damage to the patient and makes for a much easier recovery. What is Bloodless Heart Surgery? Related to advances in heart surgery, bloodless surgery has made great strides since the 1990s. Instead of using transfusions to replace blood lost during surgery, great efforts are made to reduce bleeding during surgery and harmonic scalpels clot blood while cutting tissue. Hemostatics stop bleeding before, during, and after surgery. Bleeding vessels can be sealed by an argon beam coagulator. Also, what blood is lost during the procedure is collected and returned to the patient’s circulatory system. Bloodless surgery avoids complications of transfusion, including disease (negligible risk), depression of immune system function, allergic reaction to additives in stored blood, and inflammatory response. Avoiding transfusions can make for a better recovery after heart surgery. Combining minimal blood loss with minimally invasive heart surgery can give excellent results for recovery, even with elderly or frail patients, who would have been a poor risk with earlier kinds of techniques. Still, the doctor’s skill and experience are important factors in how well the surgery, and the recovery, go. Does This Surgery Cause Scarring? Usually, minimally invasive heart surgery is done with a two-inch incision between the ribs. So, unlike earlier versions of heart surgery, bones do not have to be broken to gain access to the heart. Given time after surgery, the scar can fade to where it is...

Advantage of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Advantage of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery New technologies are emerging all the time. As open heart surgery treatments advance, there are new options and choices facing patients. As you move toward open heart surgery as a treatment, consider all your options and weight the benefits and risks with your medical team to decide what the best course of action is for you. Open Heart Surgery It used to be that open heart surgery was a last-resort risk. The recovery time was slow and the procedure often left behind large scars which took a long time to heal. Traditional open heart surgery involved breaking through the ribcage, usually through the sternum itself, to reach the heart. This left the patient with a long, hard and often painful recovery. New techniques and technologies allow for a much less invasive option for most patients. Sternotomy Traditionally, open heart surgery, or sternotomy, meant entering the chest through a large incision, breaking the sternum to reach the heart, and performing the surgery. The potential problems included inflammation, swelling, pain, a longer recovery time, and infection. The s hock to the heart and the blood loss made it more difficult for patients to recover fully and heal efficiently. Fortunately, minimally invasive heart surgery options are now available. Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery With minimally invasive heart surgery, there is a much smaller incision, which can often be hidden beneath the fold of a breast. Since the incision is made between the rib bones rather than entering through the sternum, recovery time is much shorter and less painful. The risk of infection is also greatly lowered. The...

What is LIMA LAD?

What is LIMA to LAD? LIMA LAD is a life-saving coronary artery bypass procedure that involves the left internal mammary artery and the left anterior descending artery. It opens the heart’s blood flow, saving the life of the patient. Left Internal Mammary Artery The left internal mammary artery, or LIMA, is located on the left side of the heart. Often, fatty deposits and other blockages settle in the vessels around the heart due to heart disease. This blockage puts a strain on the heart and prevents it from pumping efficiently. Minimally invasive bloodless  heart surgery that creates a new route for the blood flow can be a lifesaving procedure. A thin catheter with a balloon tip is inserted into the area of blockage. The balloon is inflated to gently stretch the vessel and release the blockage. Left Anterior Descending The left anterior descending artery, also known as the LAD, is the most important blood vessel in the heart, traveling between the left and right ventricles at the front of the heart. It carries life-giving blood around the heart. Without the ability to freely flow through this critical pathway, blood cannot make its way around the body to carry oxygen and nutrients. LIMA LAD Dr. Ciuffo offers a minimally invasive version o the  LIMA to LAD procedure that results in a small scar easily hidden under the fold of the breast. If you or a loved one is interested in minimally invasive heart surgery and may be a candidate for LIMA to LAD surgery, contact our office for your...

Advantages and Disadvantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Understanding the Advantages and Disadvantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery   The Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program of Canton, Ohio is a facility that is always encouraged to grow and refine its techniques when it comes to delivering less painful procedures to treat various medical needs. As a result of our continuous evolution, our staff is made up of leaders in the industry who work together with their patients to make the post of minimally invasive surgery. As with most areas of medicine, there are Advantages and Disadvantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery, which we will review in this post.   Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery   Minimally invasive surgery typically refers to techniques of surgery that utilize small-sized operation sites, and the benefits include:   As opposed to large incisions, you will only need some small cuts with MIS. There is less trauma to your nerves, tissues, and muscles. You will experience less bleeding. After recovery, you will have less scarring. Your organs will undergo less trauma. You won’t need the same amount of narcotics because the pain is significantly less. Your hospital stay is cut by more than half the time. It is less taxing on your overall immune system.   Disadvantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery   Although the disadvantages are minimal, they include:   Minimally invasive surgery requires specialized high-end medical equipment. Surgeons need specialized training. The equipment used with MIS is more expensive. There are various procedures, especially the most recent surgeries, that may take longer.   Minimally invasive surgery in Canton, Ohio has been in high demand for some time now, and while all...

FAQs about Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery

What You Need to Know About Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery   The Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery (MIBHS) Medical Center of Canton, OH maintains their leadership position in cardiovascular medicine by providing top patient care with the latest in surgical options, including Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery.   Why is Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Only Offered at Select Medical Facilities?   The skills required for minimally invasive heart surgery must come from a team of highly trained specialists who are proficient in the responsibilities of a cardiac expert.   Will Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Shorten My Recovery Time?   Yes. In fact, it will also be less painful. One of the many advantages of minimally invasive heart surgery is that you will have a much smaller incision which means less time for your wound to heal. When your body needs less time to heal, that considerably reduces your recovery time.   What Are the Disadvantages of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery?   The biggest drawback to having minimally invasive heart surgery would have to be that not every patient will be a good candidate. Fortunately, surgeons are always discovering new ways to apply the necessary techniques so that more patients can take advantage of the benefits of the procedure.   When Can I Resume My Normal Day-to-Day Activities?   You would have to consult with one of our surgeons for a precise answer because your medical history and your particular surgical procedure will be significant factors. However, most patients who have undergone minimally invasive heart surgery are normally able to resume normal activity within a few weeks. Strenuous activities...