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Precautions regarding medications and allergies Talk to your doctor about: Any medications you have brought to the hospital and when you should take medications on the day of the procedure Allergies or reactions you have had to medications What you can expect If you have heart valve disease, you may eventually need heart valve repair or heart valve replacement to treat your condition.
Doctors will discuss with you whether valve repair or replacement is appropriate for your condition.
During the procedure Incisions in minimally invasive heart surgery and open-heart surgery Incisions in minimally invasive heart surgery and open-heart surgery In minimally invasive heart surgery, surgeons access the heart through small cuts incisions in the chest, as shown in the top two images.
In open-heart surgery, surgeons make a larger incision in the chest, as shown in the bottom image.
You'll receive anesthetics, and you may be unconscious during the procedure. You'll be connected to a heart-lung bypass machine, which keeps blood moving through your body during the procedure.
Heart valve surgery may be performed during open-heart surgery, which involves a cut incision in the chest. Doctors may sometimes perform minimally invasive heart surgery, which involves the use of smaller incisions than those used in open-heart surgery.
Minimally invasive heart surgery includes surgery performed using long instruments inserted through one or more small incisions in the chest thoracoscopic surgerysurgery performed through a small incision in the chest, or surgery performed by a surgeon using robotic arms robot-assisted heart surgery.
Minimally invasive heart surgery may involve a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and less pain than open-heart surgery. Minimally invasive heart surgery generally should be performed at medical centers with a medical team experienced in performing these types of procedures.
Heart valve repair Mitral valve repair Mitral valve repair In mitral valve repair, a doctor removes the portion of the mitral valve that doesn't close properly, as shown in the top image.
Then a doctor sutures together the edges and cinches the circumference of the valve with an annuloplasty band to support the valve, as shown in the bottom image. The illustration shows mitral valve repair using robotic instruments. Mitral valve repair Mitral valve repair In mitral valve repair, the surgeon removes and repairs part of the damaged mitral valve to allow the valve to fully close and stop leaking.
The surgeon may tighten or reinforce the ring around a valve annulus by implanting an artificial ring annuloplasty band. Your doctor may often recommend heart valve repair when possible, as it preserves your heart valve and may preserve heart function.
Heart valve repair surgery may include: Patching holes in a valve Reconnecting valve flaps leaflets or cusps Removing excess valve tissue so that the leaflets or cusps can close tightly Replacing cords that support the valve to repair the structural support Separating valve flaps that have fused Tightening or reinforcing the ring around the valve annulus Some heart valve repair procedures may be performed using a long, thin tube catheter and clips, plugs or other devices, but the majority of these remain investigational.
Doctors may treat a valve with a narrowed opening with a catheter procedure called a balloon valvuloplasty. In this procedure, a doctor inserts a catheter with a balloon on the tip into an artery in your arm or groin and guides it to the affected valve.
The balloon is then inflated, which expands the opening of the heart valve. Doctors then deflate the balloon and remove the catheter and balloon.Another finding from the study revealed that of all post-surgery complications, heart attack or injury is the most common reason for patient death within 30 days of the surgery.
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Minimally invasive cardiac surgery coronary artery bypass graft (MICS-CABG) is a technique used to perform heart bypass (coronary artery bypass grafting or CABG) through a small incision between the ribs, without having to cut open the chest as is done with traditional open heart surgery.
Open heart surgery is any surgery where the chest is opened and surgery is performed on the heart muscle, valves, arteries, or other heart structures (such as the aorta). The term "open" means that the chest is "cut" open.
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