Minimally Invasive Heart Bypass Surgery in Long Beach CA

With today’s technology, there is no need to have invasive heart bypass surgery that involves stopping the heart. Minimally invasive heart bypass surgery has many benefits over traditional surgery.

What is a Minimally Invasive Heart Bypass Surgery?

A minimally invasive heart bypass surgery includes the following steps:

  • Making a three to five inch long cut in the left part of your chest in between your ribs, which gives the surgeon the ability to reach the heart.
  • Once the small surgical cut has been made, muscles will be pushed apart
  • The costal cartilage, a small part of the front of the rib, is removed.
  • The surgeon finds and prepares an artery on your chest wall to attach to the blocked coronary artery.
  • In the final step, the surgeon will connect the prepared chest artery to the coronary artery.

Why Would a Minimally Invasive Heart Bypass Be Performed?

A minimally invasive heart bypass may be a suggestion if you have one or two blocked coronary arteries. Though surgery is often a suggestion, before jumping to surgery, a doctor may have tried treatment with medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, an angioplasty or other treatments.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery boasts many benefits over conventional bypass surgery, such as:

  • Shorter length of stay – Most patients are discharged from the hospital within two to three days as opposed to five to 10.
  • Faster recovery – Patients can typically return to activities two weeks after surgery compared to an eight week recovery period.
  • Less bleeding and less trauma – Not having to be put on a heart-lung machine reduces the risk of blood clots and lowers the chance of blood cells being damaged.
  • Lower infection rate – There is less exposure during a minimally invasive surgery, lowering the chance of infection.
  • Available to more patients

Consult Dr. Daniel Bethencourt at The Bethencourt Group today for more information on minimally invasive heart bypass surgery.