Advancements in cardiovascular medicine and surgery have led to the expanding use of minimally-invasive technologies and techniques. Minimally-invasive procedures allow cardiac physicians to optimize patient comfort and promote quicker recovery times while performing efficient and effective interventional and surgical care. Many of these technologies are being expanded to larger patient populations with positive results.
In addition to supporting positive patient experiences, the groundbreaking techniques used in minimally invasive cardiac procedures are leading to higher survival rates and an increased quality of life for those living with or recovering from heart disease or other related conditions. More importantly, we are able to tailor the most innovative procedures and technologies to individual patients to achieve the best long-term result with the quickest recovery.
Benefits for Patients
Minimally-invasive surgical techniques allow surgeons to operate more precisely and efficiently, but—more importantly—these procedures offer a number of benefits to our patients, including:
- Increased safety – Like any major procedure, some cardiovascular surgeries are associated with risks for future complications like blood clots or stroke. However, minimally-invasive procedures are designed to mitigate those risks, resulting in surgical care options that maximize patient comfort and safety while significantly lowering the likelihood of postoperative complications or infection.
- Less blood loss— Patient safety is optimized in many ways during minimally-invasive surgery. The efficiency of the operation and the precision of the techniques used by surgeons allow for quicker procedures that rely on the lowest amount of physical intervention possible. As a result, minimally-invasive surgeries involve significantly less blood loss, fewer postoperative symptoms, and faster healing.
- Less postoperative pain – Because minimally-invasive procedures utilize incredibly accurate techniques and precision instruments, they minimize the potential for damage or strain on nearby tissue. This results in more effective treatment outcomes and significantly less discomfort for the patient.
- Quicker recovery times – Since minimally-invasive procedures take less time and involve fewer interactions with unaffected areas in the body, they are much less strenuous on patients. As a result, patients who undergo a minimally-invasive procedure can typically anticipate much quicker rehabilitation and recovery times, and can expect to return to their everyday activities much sooner, so long as they are deemed safe by their primary physician and cardiac care teams. This allows our patients to get back to their lives sooner, and with fewer restrictions.
- Fewer and smaller scars— Scarring is a common concern for patients, both for medical and cosmetic reasons. They are often pleased to hear that minimally-invasive surgical techniques utilize smaller incision points, meaning any scarring that results will be smaller and less noticeable. Smaller incisions also lead to quicker healing and recovery times for patients.
Minimally-invasive techniques offer a number of benefits for patients and, whenever possible, I offer them as an alternative to traditional invasive cardiac procedures. But, above all, patient safety is at the core of these decisions. Patients who may not be eligible for minimally invasive surgery due to age or medical history can still expect to receive safe, expert care from our surgical team.
Minimally-Invasive Cardiovascular Care at Lankenau Heart Institute
Lankenau Heart Institute remains on the cutting edge of cardiovascular advancements, with a full spectrum of available services— specifically in diagnostic cardiovascular imaging, minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery, and access to the latest developments in cardiovascular clinical trials. Lankenau Heart Institute continues to be a pioneer in the use of beating-heart techniques and robotic-assisted procedures for coronary artery disease, minimally-invasive and transcatheter approaches for valve repair, replacement, and complex aortic surgeries.Visit https://mainlinehealth.org/heart to learn more about the expert team of cardiac providers or to explore other cardiac care options.