Some patients, because of their age or health, may be deemed “inoperable” by other doctors or surgeons. Luckily, minimally invasive heart surgery procedures are known to be very safe and can be done on these high risk heart surgery patients. In fact, at Dr. Ciuffo’s office, our minimally invasive heart surgery procedures have been highly successful with these types of patients!
High Risk Heart Surgery Patients
If you are a patient in need of a heart surgery procedure, but have been deemed “inoperable,” there are some steps you can take to get the surgery you need. The first thing to do is to get a second opinion. Not all doctors are the same, and Dr. Ciuffo uses the most cutting edge technology to perform successful, minimally invasive heart surgery procedures for high risk patients. Secondly, ask why you are a high risk patient. Your doctor will most likely blame your age or another health condition that would make the surgery dangerous. Next, Dr. Ciuffo suggests that you ask about your chances of good health if you don’t receive the surgery. Lastly, obtain copies of your medical records and bring all of this information to Dr. Ciuffo, who can give you a second opinion on whether or not you are a high risk patient.
For high risk patients, having an operation done can be scary and worrisome. However, with the advanced technology that Dr. Ciuffo uses, patients can feel secure in knowing that he has a high success rate with minimally invasive heart surgery procedures for high risk patients. These procedures are performed through a small, two-inch incision between the ribs, eliminating the need for breaking bones. Without broken bones and a large surgical incision, high risk heart surgery patients are able recover more easily than if they had regular heart surgery.
Dr. Ciuffo and the Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program
Dr. Ciuffo is dedicated to helping you understand your high risk patient status. If you have any questions about minimally invasive heart surgery procedures, feel free to contact us at (330) 588-4676 or visit our contact page online.