Two very common conditions that can affect your heart are mitral valve prolapse and coronary artery disease. Your doctor may recommend medication, lifestyle changes or other non-invasive methods to treat your condition.
If non-invasive treatments cannot ease your symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery. Cardiac surgery refers to any surgical procedure on the heart and its supporting structures.
Surgery may be done using traditional open surgery. That means your surgeon will make a large chest incision to reach and operate on your heart. Surgery may also be done minimally invasively. This means your surgeon will make a few small incisions in your chest and use longer instruments to reach your heart. The goal of minimally invasive surgery is to reduce some of the trauma of open surgery.
All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci Surgery. Results, including cosmetic results, may vary. Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications, which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs; bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for human error and potential for equipment failure. Risk specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert the procedure to other surgical techniques; the need for additional or larger incision sites; a longer operation or longer time under anesthesia than your surgeon originally predicts. Converting the procedure to open could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Research suggests that there may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Patients who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery. Other surgical approaches are available. Patients should review the risks associated with all surgical approaches. They should talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if da Vinci is right for them. For more complete information on surgical risks, safety and indications for use, please refer to http://www.davincisurgery.com/da-vinci-surgery/safety-information.php
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