What is MICS
In MICS, cardiac surgeons perform heart surgery through small incisions in the right or left side of the chest, as an alternative to open-heart surgery. Surgeons don’t cut through the breastbone (sternotomy). Rather, they operate between the ribs. Open-heart surgery represents a frightening prospect for some patients with regard to having the chest ‘cracked open’, where minimally invasive cardiac surgery may alleviate this problem.
MICS is here to stay and it is the present and future of cardiac surgery. It is emerging into the new gold standard.
Smaller less noticeable scars, greater patient satisfaction especially female patients, for the good cosmetic outcome. Less wound burden, less trauma to the patient. No bones cut, no sternal complication. Less blood loss, less transfusion. Reduced pain, early ambulation. Faster recovery, shorter hospital stay. Quicker return to normal activities.
Challenges of MICS
MICS is not an option for everyone, but it can offer potential benefits in those for whom it is appropriate. It is a good challenge for growth and self-improvement, as it is said, ‘the bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity. The booming use of less invasive methods is shifting the landscape away from open surgery towards the interventional techniques already dominated by other specialties. Cardiac surgery is not lagging behind but is in fact a specialty in its adolescence adapting to the evolution of modern medicine. New and evolving technology has always guided cardiac surgeons. The development of new technology has always shaped and driven the field of cardiac surgery.
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