Minimally invasive cardiac surgery is a surgical approach that utilises smaller incisions, specialised tools, and advanced imaging technologies to perform complex heart surgeries with less trauma and faster recovery times. This technique is especially useful for treating conditions like mitral valve repair and coronary surgery.
This service is based at the Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew's Hospital.
Mitral valve repair
Mitral valve repair is a surgical procedure to treat mitral valve disease, which is one of the most common heart valve disorders. The mitral valve is located between the left atrium and left ventricle and prevents blood from flowing back into the left atrium. If the mitral valve is damaged or becomes too narrow, it can lead to blood leakage, which can result in heart failure.
Minimally invasive mitral valve repair surgery involves making a small incision in the chest to access the heart and repair the valve without cutting the breastbone (sternotomy). This approach results in less pain, scarring, and a quicker recovery time than traditional open-heart surgery.
Coronary surgery is a surgical procedure to treat blockages in the coronary arteries, which are the blood vessels that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients.
In traditional open-heart surgery, the breast is opened to access the heart, and a heart-lung machine is used to take over the heart's pumping function. Minimally invasive coronary surgery uses small incisions to access the heart and perform the procedure without using a heart-lung machine. This approach results in less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker recovery time.
Minimally invasive cardiac surgery has several benefits over traditional open-heart surgery. Firstly it results in less pain, scarring, and a quicker recovery time. Patients can return to their normal activities sooner and experience fewer complications. Additionally, the smaller incisions result in reduced bleeding, a lower risk of infection, and a reduced need for blood transfusions. Finally, minimally invasive cardiac surgery can be performed with a lower risk of damage to surrounding tissues and organs.
Minimally invasive cardiac surgery helps you recover faster with fewer risks and less pain for patients suffering from heart disease.
With specialised tools, advanced imaging technologies, and experienced cardiac surgeons like Mr Aktuerk who leads on this specialty, patients can receive high-quality care with less trauma and a faster recovery time.
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If you are suffering from a heart condition and are interested in learning more about minimally invasive cardiac surgery, reach out to us today.
Procedures we offer
- Minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, which includes:
- Mitral Valve Repair
- Aortic Valve Surgery
- Aortic surgery
- Arrhythmia surgery
- Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG)
- Beating Heart Coronary Bypass Surgery (OPCAB): This procedure is similar to CABG, but it is performed on a beating heart instead of a stopped heart.
- Endoscopic (keyhole) vein and radial artery harvesting for CABG: This procedure can be used to harvest veins and arteries from other parts of the body through micro incisions to be used in coronory bypass surgery (CABG).
Conditions we treat
- Mitral valve disease, which is a condition that affects the mitral valve of the heart. It can cause the valve to become too narrow (stenosis) or damaged, leading to blood leakage (regurgitation) and heart failure
- Aortic valve disease, which affects the aortic valve of the heart. This condition can cause the valve to become narrow (stenosis) or leaky (regurgitation), leading to shortness of breath, chest pain, and fainting
- Conditions that affect the aorta, the largest artery in the body. These conditions include aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, and other aortic abnormalities
- Heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, and other arrhythmias
- Coronary artery disease, which occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart become narrow (tenosis) or blocked. This can lead to chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart attacks.
- Beating Heart Coronary Bypass Surgery (OPCAB): This procedure is similar to CABG, but it is performed on a beating heart instead of a stopped heart. It can be an option for patients who are not suitable for traditional CABG
- Endoscopic (keyhole) vein and radial artery harvesting for CABG: This procedure can be used to harvest veins and arteries from other parts of the body through micro incisions to be used in CABG surgery