We are in the era of globalization and
technological developments. It is in this very era that heart disease and other
severe illnesses that were previously afflicted to a handful of people, are now
spreading like an epidemic across nations. Every year, millions are spent on
medicines and drugs, and innumerable lives are claimed owing to heart disease.
Interventional cardiologists around the world
have been busy conducting open heart surgeries on heart patients. There is also
a new minimally invasive technique, which when put to use, is expected to help
many patients recover faster and face a much lower risk of side effects. Let us
first have a look at open heart surgery for a better comparison to the
minimally invasive technique. Read on...
an open heart surgery, it is necessary for the cardiologist to make sure your
body receives a constant supply of blood while he is operating on the heart.
This is done by using a machine known as 'heart-lung' machine. This machine
constantly sends a fresh supply of blood to your lungs and other organs while
the surgeon makes an incision in your chest wall and divides your muscles to
work on your heart.
The surgery is then carried out depending on the
patient's condition. Sometimes, the surgery is robot assisted to ensure
precision of the operation.
invasive surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, is the new age technology that
is now helping both patients and surgeons get over prior tedious procedures and
Mitral regurgitation, a condition wherein the mitral valve
ceases to function properly thereby allowing backflow of blood into the heart,
is now posing a serious threat to millions all over the globe. Open heart
surgery was thought to be one of the treatments for this condition, but now,
with the introduction of this minimally invasive technique, the scenario has
Many patients are now benefiting from this no-fuss
technique wherein the valve is compelled to work properly by the introduction
of a clip. This clip, unlike open heart surgeries requiring incisions, can be
inserted through a catheter which is passed inside the body through the groin.
This procedure is extremely beneficial for those who have weaker hearts and for
those in whom traditional surgery could be dangerous to life.