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Recovery after Minimal Invasive Cardiac Surgery

By Dr. Jeewan Pillai in Cardiology

Jan 3, 2024

Minimal invasive cardiac surgery (MICS) has revolutionized the treatment of several heart conditions. Compared to traditional open-heart surgery, MICS is associated with shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times. However, even with the benefits of MICS, recovering from this type of surgery requires patience, support, and attention to self-care. This article provides insights into what patients can expect during the recovery phase and tips for a smoother recuperation.

Expectations During Recovery

Recovery after MICS is typically faster than after traditional open-heart surgery. Patients are usually discharged from the hospital a few days after the procedure, depending on the extent of the surgery and the recovery progress. However, it is common for patients to experience chest pain, fatigue, and soreness in the incision sites, which makes resuming regular activities challenging.

Post-surgery Care Tips

While recovery times vary from person to person, certain self-care practices can help speed the recovery process. Here are some tips for a smoother recuperation after MICS:

Follow the post-surgery instructions provided by your healthcare provider:

Your healthcare provider will provide specific guidelines for post-surgery care. These instructions are essential and must be followed meticulously. The guidelines typically cover information on wound care, post-surgery medications, physical activity, diet, and follow-up appointments.

  • Take care of your wound: Patients will have incision wounds, which require proper care to facilitate healing and prevent infections. Ensuring that the wound is clean, dry, and covered can help minimize the risk of infections. Patients should avoid scratching or picking at the incision site.
  • Rest adequately: Adequate rest is essential during the recovery phase. Although it may be challenging to get comfortable initially, it is vital to sleep in a comfortable position. Sleeping on your back, with a few pillows to prop up your head, can help minimize discomfort. Patients should consult their healthcare provider for any recommended changes to their sleeping position.
  • Gradually resume physical activity: Patients should avoid strenuous physical activity, including heavy lifting and bending, for several weeks after surgery. A gradual increase in physical activity is recommended. Walking regularly is a great way to get moving without over-exerting yourself.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Nutrition plays a crucial role in post-surgery recovery. Eating a healthy and balanced diet, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, can help speed up the healing process. Patients should avoid foods that may cause constipation, as straining during bowel movements can put too much pressure on the incisions.
  • Seek emotional support: Surgery and recovery can be stressful, both physically and emotionally. It is essential to reach out to friends, family, or a support group for emotional support. Talking to a therapist or counselor can help manage anxiety or depression.