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Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Gaining Traction

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 6:24am

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Prem Rabindranauth, MD, a heart surgeon at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is using a technique that continues to grow in popularity amongst surgeons. Referred to as minimally invasive coronary surgery (MICS), uses a very small three-inch cut between the ribs in performing a heart bypass, as opposed to the long cut through the breast bone that is needed with traditional open heart surgery. Ideally, this means less pain and blood loss, fewer risks, shorter hospital stays and quicker healing time.

Since 2010, Dr. Rabindranauth has performed more than 125 MICS procedures and has seen faster, easier recoveries for his patients compared to those who have the traditional open heart surgery. Gundersen Lutheran is one of the few hospitals in the nation using the MICS approach to do up to three or four bypass repairs in a single surgery. Surgeons at Gundersen Lutheran have also used the minimally invasive approach for heart valve repair, and have even done a successful double minimally invasive surgery in which a valve repair was done from the right side of the chest and bypass from the left side.

"Patients having minimally invasive heart surgery at Gundersen Lutheran are spending fewer days in the hospital compared to patients who have traditional open heart surgery," comments Dr. Rabindranauth. "Also, because MICS patients have a smaller incision, there is less risk of infection and they are recovering in about half the time." Dr. Rabindranauth also says that some patients, who in the past may not have been able to have open heart surgery because of their poor health, are now able to have bypass surgery using MICS.

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