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Minimally invasive heart surgery

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery as in Aortic and Mitral Valve Surgery techniques constitutes one of the most challenging and revolutionary chapters in the history of Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo’s specialty and in his professional career.

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Minimally invasive heart surgery

  1. 1. Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery as in Aortic and Mitral Valve Surgery techniques constitutes one of the most challenging and revolutionary chapters in the history of Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo’s specialty and in his professional career. Traditional heart surgery which is often called open-heart surgery is done by opening the chest wall to operate on the heart. The surgeon cuts through the patient's breastbone to open the chest. This median sternotomy approach requires a 10-12 inch incision through the sternal bone. In Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, major incisions are no longer needed and the breastbone does not need to be divided, dramatically reducing the traumatic impact of the operation. What is Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, also known as MICS CABG, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery/Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting 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 aterolateral mini- thoracotomy. Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery is favored by surgeons and patients because of reduced post-operative discomfort, faster healing times and lowered risk of infections or complications. This procedure makes heart surgery possible for patients who were previously considered to be too at risk for traditional surgery due to age or medical history. These state-of the-art surgical procedures are carried out through a small incision on the chest wall, right over the valve to be repaired or replaced. The end result is a procedure performed with a great level of accuracy, no cutting of any chest bone, less postoperative pain, greatly diminished transfusion requirements and wound problems, a quicker recovery and excellent cosmetic results. About Dr. Ciuffo Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. His current academic and clinical activity is entirely devoted to the surgical therapy of coronary, valvular and thoracic aortic disease with the most advanced blood sparing, minimally invasive and beating heart surgery techniques. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery or if you would like more information regarding this approach, please contact our Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Center at 330-363-1341.

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