Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery is heart surgery performed through several small incisions instead of the traditional open-heart surgery that requires a median sternotomy approach. MICS CABG is a beating-heart multi-vessel procedure performed under direct vision through an anterolateral mini-thoracotomy.
This procedure makes heart surgery possible for patients who were previously considered too high risk for traditional surgery due to age or medical history.Patients referred for this procedure may have Coronary Artery Disease (CAD); aortic, mitral or tricuspid valve diseases; or previous unsuccessful stenting.
- First and foremost is the fact that no bones are cut. This has several advantages in reducing pain, retaining function and having a positive effect on breathing. Unlike traditional heart surgery, return to normal life including driving or other activities is not disrupted and can be started almost immediately.
- Blood loss is almost negligible eliminating blood transfusion in most and eliminating blood-borne infection.
- All infections are reduced whether it be wound infections or post-surgical lung infection. This makes the procedure ideal in diabetics and older patients who have poor resistance to infection.
- The incision is so cosmetic and measures just 2 – 3 inches that it’s practically impossible to tell that a heart operation has been done.
- The procedure lasts only 4 days unlike the conventional heart surgery that takes 9 days.
- Shorter time in the hospital, faster recovery and quicker return to normal activities.
- Lower risk of infection and Less blood loss.