Advantages and risks of minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery

Written by: Dr. José Francisco Valderrama Marcos
Published: | Updated: 16/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Cardiovascular surgery minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures based on minimum access. Specialists use special techniques to reduce the size of incisions. That is why sometimes individual instruments to facilitate maneuvers through tiny surgical openings are required.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive cardiac surgery?

With decreasing the size of the incisions it is also decreases scars. This reduces the chance of infection and bleeding, and the likelihood that the wound open after the operation. Another advantage is that by reducing the size of the wound, the pain after surgery is smaller, faster and, therefore, the hospital stay shorter recovery.

What are the risks in this type of surgery?

The risks of minimally invasive surgery are lower than those of conventional surgery, due to the smaller size of the wound. However, in the event that the professional has the need to improve the visibility, it is possible to expand the field of surgical incisions and spend a minimal access surgery to conventional, with all its risks.

What care should follow the patient after the operation?

Postoperative patient is the same as that of any cardiovascular surgery. The difference, as we have said, is the decrease in pain and hospital stay, since the wounds are much smaller. In fact, it is common that the patient can walk past just 48 hours after surgery.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. José Francisco Valderrama Marcos
Cardiovascular Disease

Prestigious Cardiovascular Surgery specialist, Dr. Valderrama Marcos has a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Malaga since 1997 and Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Granada since 2002. Currently is Cardiovascular Surgeon at the Regional Hospital of Malaga (former Carlos Haya) of the Andalusian Health Service, in addition to attending private level Vithas San Antonio Park Hospital, in his own clinic in Hospital Angel and Sun Life & clinic. Author of various articles published in publications of national and international journals and reviewer. Member of the Board of the Andalusian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery. Throughout his career he has combined his professional work with teaching, lecturing at numerous courses, including the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Malaga.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

View Profile

Overall assessment of their patients