Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery = Less Pain + Fast Recovery
The heart is a wonderful organ but it can be vulnerable to damage due to:
a) the sheer number of life-saving activities it busily undertakes to do, 24/7 for a lifetime
b) the harm it gets subjected to when the owner of the heart indulges in health-damaging habits such as smoking, non-nutritious diet, lives a life of stress.
c) For some, an unhealthy heart is a condition with which they were unfortunately born.
Cardiovascular disease is the umbrella term we give to any heart disease or a related heart condition. The bad news is that many more people worldwide and in India – particularly young people – are affected with heart-health issues; the good news is that the evolution in medical science is ensuring more cardiac disease are speedily and satisfactorily curable, thanks to the new treatment methods and surgeries.
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (also called Keyhole Surgery) is one such beneficial technique in treating heart diseases. This surgery is performed through making small keyhole-sized incisions in the body (instead of the larger incisions in conventional surgery). These tiny keyhole incisions are often made using specialized surgical instruments. The incision for minimally invasive heart surgery is approximately about two to three inches instead of the six to eight inch-incisions needed for conventional surgery. Recovery time in such surgeries is much quicker than in conventional surgery.
After heart surgery:
After heart surgery, patients must make necessary lifestyle changes and take medications as the surgeon has prescribed. This is most essential to maintain cardiovascular health after surgery because the surgery is not the end of the process to heal the heart. Proper post-surgical care and maintenance of the heart are needed.
Lifestyle changes needed for a healthy heart include:
Important Note: Not all heart patients need minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon will consider the results of the diagnostic tests and decide if this surgery is needed. The surgical team will carefully compare the advantages and disadvantages of traditional surgery versus minimally invasive surgery and take a decision accordingly.