Heart Surgery for the Elderly

One of the scariest experiences a person can go through is being told that they have a serious heart issue that needs to be addressed with surgery. The risks for elderly heart surgery can be great, and not long ago, there wasn’t a wide variety of options available when it came to different procedures and techniques.

When faced with such news, we begin to wonder if we may be facing the end of our lives. We may worry that, even with a successful procedure, the quality of our lives might still drop. But now, thanks to surgeons like Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo and his team of experts, there are minimally invasive, bloodless heart surgery alternatives to the conventional methods.

How It All Began

Dr. Ciuffo has dedicated his entire medical career to studying and developing new and precise techniques to minimize the risks, pain, recovery time, and intrusiveness of heart and cardiovascular procedures. He first began to employ his bloodless heart surgery techniques in the 90s, as a means of providing alternative options to the Jehovah Witness communities of Pittsburgh, and then later in New York.

The results of his hard work and time invested are clear in the numerous medical studies and reviews which have confirmed the effectiveness of his bloodless heart surgery methods, as well as the countless patient testimonials praising his efforts and thanking him for saving their lives.

Heart Surgery for the Elderly

What the Elderly Can Expect Before the Procedure

Before any medical procedure such as this can be performed, a consultation followed by a thorough examination must take place first. This is necessary not only to make sure the patient understands the process but also to determine whether or not he or she is a good candidate for the surgery as well.

Once the patient understands all that is involved and they are physically cleared to go through with the surgery, then the preparation process begins. This includes discontinuing the use of medications that can cause bleeding, and taking any medications that increase red blood cell production if needed. Once this is complete, the procedure is scheduled.

How the Procedure Works

The actual surgery begins with a small incision on the chest wall, right over the valve which is being attended to. Depending on the specifics of the procedure being used, the surgery will be performed either on the beating heart or with the use of a heart-lung machine.

Once the valve has been repaired or replaced, the incision is closed up and the patient recovery begins. Thoracotomy recovery for elderly patients can many times be difficult with traditional procedures, which is one of the numerous benefits of the bloodless heart technique. Even frail, older patients can be home in a couple of days with minimal pain. In this study, researchers found Cardiac surgery can be performed on the elderly with good results. Consistent successful outcomes can be expected in the elderly population with selective criteria identifying risk factors.

Contact Dr. Ciuffo

Dr. Ciuffo knows how confusing and scary it can be if you or a loved one when you are confronted with the news that something needs to be done about a severe heart condition. Dr. Ciuffo and his team of professionals are here to answer all questions and make you feel comfortable For more information about heart surgery for the elderly, Dr. Ciuffo, and his revolutionary heart and cardiovascular treatments, please reach out to us today!

A picture of Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD wearing his Mercy One doctor attire.

About the Author

Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD Director is an expert in Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery and Bloodless Heart Surgery is the outcome of his commitment to the development and improvement of both of these techniques. He runs a Cardiothoracic Surgery practice and manages Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program where he cares for patients from all over the country and locally. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ciuffo.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery