Keyhole heart surgery is becoming increasingly more popular, and with so many benefits, we understand why many people are visiting a London heart clinic to undergo the non-invasive surgery and find out more. So, what are these benefits? Let’s take a closer look at the top 5, below.
- Less Pain
Keyhole heart surgery uses non invasive techniques that leave the patient feeling less pain than traditional heart surgery procedures. As the breastbone isn’t broken during the surgery, this means that the recovery won’t be as painful, and the patient won’t be in as much discomfort. What’s more, small incisions are used, so the patient won’t require lots of painful stitches or have to endure as much pain whilst the area heals.
- Speedy Recovery Time
Not only does the new non-invasive surgery help to reduce the pain, but it also speeds up the recovery time after the procedure. When the breastbone is divided, this is a major surgery and can take a long time to recover from. However, as keyhole heart surgery uses manual invasion, the recovery is quicker and means that you don’t need to spend as much time in hospital. Additionally, you can get back to normal day to day activities within just a few weeks, so you won’t have to be bed bound for months.
- Low Risk Of Bone Infection
If a bone infection isn’t treated early with antibiotics, it can cause permanent damage. Otherwise known as osteomyelitis, you’re at more risk of bone infection if you have recently had any surgery on a bone or recently fractured a bone (to name a few). Fortunately, if you opt for keyhole heart surgery instead of traditional heart surgery, you will have a low risk of bone infection, as the breastbone isn’t broken.
- Reduced Scarring
Due to the very small number of incisions that are needed and used, there is reduced scarring after the surgery. Not only does this look better aesthetically, but as it’s minimal, it can easily be covered up and normal clothes can be worn over the top of the scar.
If you undergo the keyhole heart surgery, the scar will typically be around 3 inches long, as opposed to 12 inches long if you have traditional heart surgery.
- Less Risk Of Bleeding
As the keyhole heart surgery is non-invasive, as well as a lower risk of bone infection, there is less risk of bleeding too, which helps to reduce the risks of infection. After surgery, this will mean that you won’t need to spend as much time in the hospital and will contribute to a quicker recovery time too.
As you can see, keyhole heart surgery is an improvement on traditional heart surgery with more benefits including a faster recovery time, smaller scarring and less discomfort. If you would like more information about keyhole heart surgery or want to know if it’s suitable for you, speak to your GP or a professional heart clinic, who will able to provide you with all the information you will need about the surgery.