Heart Port surgery uses minimally invasive techniques to perform cardiac surgeries. In contrast to the standard open heart surgery, which involves making the incision through the sternum, incisions are made between the ribs, and ports are used provide access to the area in need of surgery. This procedure still requires the heart-lung machine.
Minimally invasive cardiac surgery uses smaller incisions and different approaches to perform surgical procedures on the heart. Determination of whether a patient is a candidate for a minimally invasive approach to cardiac surgery is based on multiple factors that are assessed by the surgeons.
The Heartport Port Access system is a revolutionary technology for performing major heart surgeries with minimally invasive techniques via small incisions between the patient’s ribs, eliminating the need for a sternotomy or cutting of the breastbone. This less invasive procedure requires smaller incisions, less blood loss and a shorter recovery time for the patient. St. Peter’s is one of the leading Heartport centers in the country and one of the few teaching centers for the Heartport system.
The Heartport Port Access system is a revolutionary technology for performing major heart surgeries with minimally invasive techniques via small incisions between the patient’s ribs eliminating the need for a sternotomy or cutting of the breastbone.
This technique uses a catheter that is placed through an artery in the leg and advanced into the aorta. A balloon at the tip is then expanded to block off flow through the aorta and stop the heart beat.
Another minimally invasive procedure, transmyocardial revascularization (TMR), may be considered for patients who have exhausted other treatment options. TMR is an effective option for people with severe angina and who are unable to benefit from other treatments. This innovative heart procedure is a laser surgery and has been shown to relieve pain and improve activity levels. The surgeon uses a laser to open channels in the wall of the heart. These small channels restore blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscle, which is thought to encourage the growth of small blood vessels.
During an aortic valve replacement using the Port Access technique, the following steps occur:
- The patient goes on the heart-lung machine. You will have your blood flow diverted from its path through the heart to an artificial heart-lung machine which will continue to provide your body with the oxygenated blood it needs. A small cut will be made in your thigh through which the tube will be fed which will put you on the heart-lung machine .
- Another incision will be made in your neck. This is where the surgeon will put a tube into your blood vessel and follow it to the heart. Through this tube, drugs to stop your heart will be given.
- To allow the doctor to see and to operate, surgical tools and a camera are fed through a cut under your armpit.
- The surgeon removes the malfunctioning valve. The surgeon will then insert and attach either a mechanical or a biological valve replacement. If you are given a mechanical valve, you will need to take medications (e.g. Coumadin) for the rest of your life to prevent blood clots around the new valve.
The Estimated Cost includes –
1. Operation Theater Charges
2. Surgeon’s Cost
3. Anaesthetist’s Cost
4. Room Rent
Note : Its an initial estimate only. Final estimate may be different depending upon Patient’s situation