MICS is a new avenue for heart surgery, which comes with a host of benefits

 Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata has announced the successful completion of over 1000 Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgeries (MICS) at its facility. MICS is a new avenue for heart surgery, which comes with a host of benefits. With an incision of 2 to 4 inch instead of 8 to 10 inch in the conventional open heart surgery, MICS is less painful and almost scar-less. It also involves early recovery with lesser duration of hospital stay post surgery and early return to normal life.

Earlier traditional open surgery was the only solution for CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting), Valve repair or replacement, closures of holes in heart etc. But now with the advancement of medical sciences the procedures done using MICS are Minimally invasive bypass surgery (MICS CABG), Endoscopic vein and radial artery harvesting, MICS aortic valve, Minimally invasive mitrial valve surgery, Keyhole ASD closure and Coronary Bypass.

This Keyhole Heart Surgery is performed using specialized surgical instruments. Heart attacks are responsible for 14.5% of all deaths in India* and MICS CABG or keyhole bypass has emerged as an answer to patients suffering from coronary artery diseases. Present at the occasion DrChirag Doshi, Head of the Department – Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgeon, U.N Mehta Institute of Cardiology & Research Institute, Ahmedabad  expressed, “Considering the pain of big cut and scar many people earlier opted for angioplasty instead of bypass surgery. If MICS is adopted as a regular practice everywhere, people would consider MICS bypass over angioplasty and the figure of 14.5% will surely come down. It’s a pleasure to see Dr Sushan Mukhopadhyaya of  Apollo Gleneagles Kolkata is doing such numbers of MICS cases.” 

Dr Aloke Banerjee, Surgeon, CMRI, who underwent MICS performed at Apollo said, “In January this year when I was detected with heart ailment I knew exactly which procedure to opt for. I was happy to have my surgery done by Dr Sushan Mukhopadhyay who is one of the most competent surgeon performing this procedure in the city currently. This procedure is so beneficial that I could resume my normal work life in a few weeks’ time.”

Dr Chirag Doshi felicitated Dr Sushan Mukhopadhyay, Director, Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgeon, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals Kolkata for completing a huge number of 1000+ MICS. Dr Mukhopadhyay said, “MICS offers unmatched patient outcomes due to its multiple positive points. It’s safe, effective and delivers outstanding patient comfort. A patient opting for this procedure can return to his work within 2- 3 weeks and totally normal life within 3 months, where as if he opts for a conventional procedure he would normally take 2-3 months to join back work and 6 months to return to a normal life. It saves patients from pain as well as losing man hours.”

MICS has several advantages over the conventional open heart surgery:

  • Highly advanced instrumentation and advanced techniques allow for the operation to be performed very safely
  • No bones are cut
  • Blood loss is almost negligible eliminating blood transfusion leading to blood borne infections
  • All infections related to wounds or post-operative lung infections are reduced. This makes the surgery ideal for diabetics or patients who have poor resistance to infection
  • The incision is very cosmetic and measures just 2-3 inches making it impossible to understand that a heart surgery has been done. This also reduces the possibilities of scars
  • The hospital stay and recovery time in this case is minimal and the patient usually recovers within 7 days of the surgery under normal circumstances
  • Significantly reduced risked factors in future surgeries