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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Pulmonary Adhesion and Scar Tissue

Pulmonary Adhesion A pulmonary adhesion may indicate damage from an injury or disease. Scar tissue builds up where damage has occurred. Pulmonary adhesion treatment may help to reduce pain and difficulty. Since pulmonary adhesion may become cancerous, treatment is critical. Scar tissue within the lungs may be caused by repeated bouts of bronchitis or pneumonia. Over time, the damage from the diseases may cause the lung lining to separate from the muscle tissue surrounding the chest cavity, a painful condition known as pleurisy. Scar Tissue The scarring in the lungs make it difficult for the organs to do their important work. Scar tissue buildup can block the airflow and prevent the normal functioning of the lungs. If you suffer from difficulty breathing or persistent chest pain, it is best to talk to your doctor right away.The best way for your doctor to determine a course of treatment is for him to diagnose the source of the discomfort and difficulty. Pulmonary Adhesion Treatment It is best to seek a physician as soon as you begin to notice abnormalities in breathing or chest pain. Many treatments are most effective when the adhesion is less pronounced. The treatment may include taking biopsies of the affected area to determine the cause of the problems. Adhesions can often be removed laparoscopically, allowing you to avoid invasive surgery. Your doctor is your best source of information and advice when it comes to pulmonary adhesion treatment. Call or visit our website to schedule your visit today. Don’t allow your lung health to...

Signs of Valvular Heart Disease

What are the Signs of Valvular Heart Disease? The symptoms of valvular heart disease may range from subtle to extreme. Rapid weight gain, fever, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, and palpitations may indicate valvular heart disease. Whether the problem is on the mitral or aortic valves, the challenges can create serious problems. What Is Valvular Heart Disease Valvular heart disease is any problem within the heart that affects the valves. The four valves within the heart, the aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonary valves, control the movement of blood around the heart. If one or more of the valves become damaged, it is considered valvular heart disease. What you should Know About Valvular Heart Disease When all of the valves within the heart are functioning normally, the tricuspid mitral valves control the blood flow between the ventricles and atria= the upper and lower parts of your heart. The aortic valve controls blood flow between your heart and the main vessel within the body, the aorta, while the pulmonary valve controls the blood flow from the lungs. The aortic and mitral valves are the most commonly affected by valvular heart disease. Symptoms Of Valvular Heart Disease The symptoms of valvular heart disease may include rapid weight gain, fever, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, and palpitations or chest pain. Even if your symptoms seem mild, it is important to seek a doctor’s advice immediately if you suggest you have any problem with the heart and lungs. If you are experiencing any symptoms of valvular heart disease, particularly if you have a history of heart disease in your personal history or in your family, talk to your...