Recovery after Minimal Invasive Cardiac Surgery
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Dr. Jeewan Pillai
Chief Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon
Metro Hospitals & Heart Institute, Noida Sector-12, UP