MIS procedures: a) small incisions compared to open; b) minimal scaring; c) less trauma to the patients’ tissues.
Dr. Augusto Ministro frequently recommends minimally invasive procedures because he believes that in the majority of cases, they provide the most benefit to the patients. However, he also understands that both surgical and minimally invasive techniques are safe and effective.
Clinical benefits of minimally invasive aortic valve replacement via lower hemi-sternotomy, include decreased transfusion requirements, ventilation times, intensive care unit and hospital length of stay without compromising short and long term survival compared to conventional full sternotomy.
Conditions that once required open surgery can now be treated through minimally invasive approaches.
Unlike open surgery, which requires large incisions to gain access to the surgical area, minimally invasive endovascular ("within the blood vessel") procedures typically use a tiny incision, and the surgeon inserts tiny medical instruments and cameras into long, thin tubes called catheters to complete complex procedures.
Many endovascular procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis yet offer the same results as surgery making them a more attractive option.
Today we prefer these new treatments, minimally aggressive surgery, intravascular laser and radiofrequency since they permit earlier mobilization, better aesthetic results and more comfort for the patient.