The Future Is Now: Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
November 21, 2011
Each year, thousands of people have surgeries to repair or replace a heart valve. In the past, the only surgical option has been what’s called an “open” surgery, requiring a long incision through the sternum and six to eight weeks of recovery. Today, however, many of these surgeries can be done through a much smaller incision, resulting in a faster recovery and several other benefits.
Patients who have this procedure also will have a small incision in the groin to allow staff to connect them to a heart bypass machine while the surgery is performed. Other benefits of the less invasive surgery include: reduced risk of infection, shorter hospital stay, reduced pain and less blood loss.
To refer a patient to Dr. Etoch, call CardioThoracic Surgery of Louisville at (502) 636-8004.