Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Advanced Cardiac Surgery techniques continue to shape and revolutionize our specialty with highly sophisticated and effective ways to treat heart disease. We are continuously evolving towards better outcomes and a minimally invasive heart surgery approach that is low impact and scarless. Our minimally invasive techniques have radically changed our patients’ heart surgery experience and postoperative recovery.

Patients who are treated with these improved minimally invasive surgical methods can now experience faster recovery times. The elderly and frail patients can often return to their homes and families in two-three days after heart surgery with very little pain and an almost invisible scar. This scar is often can be completely hidden in the skin fold under the breast.

Dr. Ciuffo knows how confusing and scary it can be if you or a loved one are confronted with the news that something needs to be done about a severe heart condition. How do you know if you are making the right decisions, and what questions should you ask your specialist to make sure you are treated with the best possible options? Dr. Ciuffo and his team have created this website to give cardiac patients and their families complete information about the minimally invasive treatment options available.

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Resources

About Our Site

This website has been conceived as a down-to-earth guide to help and educate anybody who needs a heart procedure and wants to know the best medical and surgical solutions available today in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

minimally invasive heart surgery recovery

(Photo Credit: Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)

Keep reading and you will become an informed consumer with the right questions to ask. Cardiac surgery and cardiology have evolved tremendously over the last twenty years and the combined expertise of these specialties offers the best results and options ever achieved in the history of medicine. Our minimally invasive technologies and surgical solutions have opened new doors and a chance to get better even in cases who were considered inoperable by traditional and conventional methods.

Heart Surgery Experience

Over the span of Dr. Ciuffo’s extensive professional career in cardiothoracic surgery, he has had the opportunity to compare the clinical results and patients’ comfort and recovery with traditional and conventional cardiothoracic surgery techniques versus bloodless and minimally invasive heart surgery techniques.

Our center experience has shown that these new techniques allow the best clinical results. The most obvious advantages to minimally invasive heart surgery are less pain, less bleeding, less wound infections, a quicker recovery and return to a productive life style, superior cosmetic results. Learn more about Dr. Ciuffo’s minimally invasive heart surgery experience and training.

Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD, Chief, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Our conclusions have been corroborated by innumerable scientific articles in the surgical literature confirming these same clinical advantages. As we explore these topics, we will quote relevant bibliography for those of you who have an academic interest in this field or simply want to get more scientific information. We encourage you to send your comments or questions about this website or any scientific literature on  the advanced treatment of cardiovascular disease.

What We Do: Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Many heart patients and their families are intimidated and confused by the complexity of this field and find it increasingly difficult to make the right choice for themselves or their loved ones. Cardiovascular care has evolved very successfully towards new techniques and technologies.

minimally invasive heart surgery

These breakthroughs have created a new, “gentle touch” surgical experience that is now available to the vast majority of our patients by the hands of expert minimally invasive heart surgeons. Even the elderly and frail patient can enjoy the best results with a smooth and quick recovery after bypass surgery or a minimally invasive mitral valve repair or aortic valve replacement. Minimally Invasive ASD repairs and Atrial Myxoma Surgery is now routinely offered to most patients.

In most women the surgical scar can be completely hidden in the skin fold underneath the breast, with the best cosmetic results and an excellent repair of their heart problem. This type of surgery is also known as Scarless Heart Surgery. You definitely don’t need to be a movie star or a fashion model to request this type of cardiac surgery. All patients are routinely evaluated to see if they can be suitable candidates for the least invasive approach.

Why Choose Us?

For those of you who are interested in a specific heart problem, We have divided this vast subject under several headings that cover the most frequent cardiovascular pathologies. This website is designed to be user friendly and very easy to navigate. Links to relevant topics, surgical videos and pictures are available in each page. Over the years in Dr. Ciuffo’s professional practice, he has developed a simple and effective way to explain the mechanisms that cause heart disease as well as our high-tech, minimally invasive heart surgery and medical techniques to treat it.

bloodless and minimally invasive heart surgery patient, Madalyn Copcutt, with Dr. Ciuffo

Image Source: Canton Mercy Medical

You’ll find our explanations down-to-earth and filled with examples drawn from carpentry, plumbing, mechanical engineering, and more. You shouldn’t be surprised or offended by these examples. Our cardiovascular system could be simply described as a double pump (right and left side of the heart) connected to a network of pipes (veins and arteries) that allows oxygenated blood to reach and nourish every organ and cell in our body.

We will guide you step-by-step through what happens when a part of our heart system fails and what we do to diagnose the problem, then treat it with outstanding results!

You’ll be able to understand how your coronary arteries work and how a stent, an angioplasty, or minimally invasive bypass operation can relieve chest pain or save a life. You’ll find out about the pros and cons of prosthetic heart valves we can use to perform an aortic valve replacement or a mitral valve repair. We will bring you up to date on hybrid valve and coronary surgery and its role in less invasive ways to treat a variety of heart conditions.

Please, feel free to browse in any order you like. It is a work in progress. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please revisit later or contact us directly. When it comes to your health, it truly pays to be an informed consumer. There is a lot we can do to have longer and better lives.

We will gladly answer all your questions about heart disease and the most advanced surgical options to treat any heart condition. We understand and respect your concerns about minimally invasive heart surgery. It is your heart, your life, your choice.

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Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo - Minimally Invasive Heart Surgeon
Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD


Director, Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program

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Heart Disease In Men Versus Women

Heart disease in men and women remains the leading cause of death globally, impacting millions of lives each year. However, what often goes unnoticed is the distinct nature of this ailment in men and women. While heart disease affects both genders, the manifestation, symptoms, and outcomes can significantly differ between them. Here at Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery with Dr. Ciuffo, we understand these distinctions are crucial for early detection, effective treatment, and, ultimately, saving lives. 1. Symptoms Disguised One of the most striking differences when it comes to heart disease in men versus women lies in the way heart disease presents itself. Men typically experience classic symptoms like chest pain or pressure, radiating down the left arm. However, women may not exhibit these telltale signs. Instead, they might experience more subtle symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, extreme fatigue, or discomfort in the neck, jaw, or back. These differences often lead to misdiagnosis or delayed treatment in women, putting them at a higher risk of complications. 2. Risk Factors At Play Several risk factors contribute to the development of heart disease, but their impact can vary between genders. While factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking affect both men and women, certain conditions like diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and mental stress tend to pose a higher risk for women. Hormonal changes, particularly during menopause, also play a significant role, altering women’s cardiovascular health. 3. Unique Challenges In Diagnosis Diagnosing heart disease in women poses unique challenges. Traditional diagnostic tests like electrocardiograms (ECG) and stress tests may not always detect heart issues in women due...

Psychological Aspects Of Heart Disease Surgery Recovery

There’s no denying that heart disease surgery is a significant life event. If you’ve undergone it or have plans to do so in the future, you should understand the psychological aspects of the recovery process. Below, with Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery with Dr. Ciuffo, we’ll go over what they are and what you can do to cope with them so you can stay positive and keep your emotions in check.  Heart Surgery Can Be An Emotional Roller Coaster Many patients experience a variety of emotions before, during, and after heart disease surgery. These may include but are not limited to fear, anxiety, and depression. In some cases, they may also be excited and relieved once the procedure is over. It’s important to understand that recovery is different for everyone, and there are a number of factors that may impact psychological health as you recover, such as: Pain: Regardless of if your post-surgical pain is constant or occasional, it can cause frustration and take a toll on your mental health. Complications: If you’ve experienced any complications after the procedure, you may face anxiety and uncertainty, both of which can hinder your emotional well-being.  Pre-Existing Conditions: Pre-existing conditions prior to the surgery and recovery process can make you even more vulnerable emotionally.  Medications: The over-the-counter and prescription medications you take during recovery can impact your mood and emotions. Financial Stress: Healthcare expenses plus time off work as you recover may lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. Lifestyle Changes: If you’re unable to perform many of the activities you were able to do in the past, you may feel...