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Everything You Want To Know About Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Posted On: Jul 10, 2023

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Everything related to the heart has always been addressed with utmost seriousness and caution, whether related to your love life or heart disorders! Switching focus to heart disorders, gone are the days when heart surgeries were considered risky, owing to the developments in the medical world and the advancement of medical equipment, heart surgeries are comparatively less risky today than ever before. One such technique is minimally invasive heart surgery, wherein the surgeon performs a wide range of corrective procedures on the heart through small incisions in the chest instead of making long incisions like in the case of open heart surgeries back in the day.

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery has eliminated the risk to a great extent, reduced the healing/recovery time, cut down the period of hospital stays and has been very less painful compared to traditional surgeries. Manipal Hospitals has highly experienced cardiothoracic surgeon in Gurgaon, who excel in performing a wide range of minimally invasive heart procedures. 

Gather more information about this procedure, how it is done, what are the advantages, what’s the minimally invasive heart surgery costs in Gurgaon and more. 

Heart Procedures that can be performed using the Minimally Invasive Technique

There are many heart procedures that can be performed using this less painful technique and those are:

  • Aortic valve replacement

  • Atrial septal defect and patent foramen ovale closure.

  • Atrioventricular septal defect surgery.

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery.

  • Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation.

  • Mitral valve repair or replacement.

  • Saphenous vein harvest for coronary artery bypass surgery.

  • Tricuspid valve repair or replacement.

  • Cardiac tumour removal.

  • Valve repairs or replacements.

  • Ventricular assist device placement.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery 

  • Faster recovery 

  • Less blood loss

  • Smaller incisions 

  • Less visible scars

  • Less pain

  • Shorter hospital stay 

  • Low risk of infection 

Types of Minimally Invasive Surgeries 

There are mainly two major types/techniques using which minimally invasive surgeries are performed that are: Thoracoscopic surgery and Robotically Assisted Heart Surgery. 

Thoracoscopic Surgery

The surgeon makes one or more small incisions to the side of your chest. Following this, they insert a long tube with a light and a video camera attached to it, this tube is long and flexible and is called a thoracoscope. This supports the surgeon with a clear view of the area of operation. A surgeon then performs the entire procedure using thin and long tools. 

Robotically Assisted Heart Surgery

Similar to thoracoscopic surgery, the incision made is pretty small and made to the side of your chest. In robotic surgeries, the surgeon guides the robotic arms to perform the action. The robotic arms provide a clear view of the heart to the surgeon. 

What To Expect If You Are Going For A Minimally Invasive Heart Procedure

Before the Procedure 

You will be given counselling if you are feeling anxious or have any concerns before the procedure. Before the procedure, your doctor might stop some medication before the procedure. 

You are given general anaesthesia so that you stay asleep during the procedure. In addition to this, they might shave the area where the incision has to be made by the surgeon. To ensure proper blood circulation, your doc will connect a heart-lung machine. 

During the Procedure 

The cardiac surgeon will make a small incision on the side of your chest.

They will insert long and thin surgical tools or robotic arms. 

These tools have inbuilt lights and cameras to provide the surgeon with a clear view to operate. 

The surgeon then performs the repair, replaces a heart valve, inserts a device or removes the tumour. 

The incision is closed with stitches.  

After the Procedure 

Post-surgery, you are kept under close observation in an ICU for one or two days. Doctors might connect a drainage tube to prevent fluid accumulation around the heart. During this time your team will assist you in getting up, and walking, monitors your vitals and helps you heal and get back to daily chores gradually. 

When Should You See a Doctor After a Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery 

You must not miss the follow-up visits to the doctor even if you are doing fine after the surgery. There are certain medical situations wherein you must connect with your doctor the moment you witness any of the following symptoms: 

  • Drainage around the incision.

  • Swelling or redness around the incision.

  • Fever

  • Unusual weight gain 

These symptoms could be due to an underlying infection that needs to be treated timely before it spreads, cause complications or delays healing.

Minimally Invasive Surgeries are very safe and more and more people are opting for them due to their numerous benefits. Faster recovery, shorter hospital stays and less visible scars are the major benefits that top the list. Your doctor can guide you on whether you can go for a minimally invasive approach for a specific heart procedure or not. At Manipal Hospitals, we have experienced cardiac surgeons in Gurgaon supported by a state-of-the-art infrastructure for such advanced procedures. Book an appointment with our experts today, to know more about it. 

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