Focusing on You: Reoperative Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
A minimally-invasive reoperative procedure helps patients avoid having a second intrusive heart surgery.
A reoperative surgical procedure is one that is needed to repair a malfunction or an issue from a previous procedure in the same location. Joseph Lamelas, M.D., Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Miami Health System, explains how a “redo” minimally invasive cardiac procedure – which he pioneered – is helping heart patients recover faster with less risk of bleeding and infection.
Rene Monteagudo got the shock of his life during an annual physical back in 2009.
It was revealed that I had a congenital heart defect.
He needed surgery to replace a failing heart valve and went to see UHealth Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Joseph Lamelas, who pioneered a minimally invasive heart procedure.
Dr. Joseph Lamelas:
The minimally invasive operations, whether it’s a primary or a reoperative procedure, they’re all done through a five centimeter incision on the right lateral aspect of the chest.
Why would someone need reoperative minimally invasive cardiac surgery?
So when the valves degenerate or when they wear out, that’s when the patient would require a reoperative procedure, and performing the operation through a minimally invasive approach has many benefits.
Patient Kelly Haskins experienced those benefits when she needed heart valve replacement again, after undergoing open-heart surgery back in 2016.
The difference between the open-heart surgery through the sternum and the Miami method used by Dr. Joseph Lamelas is like night and day.
Instead of being in the hospital for weeks, she was out in four days. 19 days post-surgery, Kelly says her recovery has been amazing.
I’m up out of bed, I’m up out of my chair. I’m up, and feeling good.
Last November, 10 years after his first surgery, Rene’s heart valve got infected.
Every time I would lay down, I would just get out of breath.
Instead of open-heart surgery where the sternum is cracked to access the heart, Dr. Lamelas was able to perform the reoperative minimally invasive procedure on Rene to replace the infected valve.
The risk of bleeding is a lot less, the risk of infection is a lot less, and the overall recovery is remarkable.
Rene is now back to feeling like himself again.
I owe my life to him and to his team, they’re phenomenal.
Video transcript compiled by Janna Ross for ‘Focusing on You: Innovations in Modern Medicine’, a series of healthcare-related stories airing regularly on WPLG Local 10. For more stories like this one, visit UHealth’s YouTube channel.