While on the general topic of surgery, we will be discussing minimally invasive heart surgery. To begin, minimally invasive surgery is a surgery method that limits incisions to the body. It is performed by a robot with the surgical instruments attached to its arms. The robot also has a camera so that the doctor controls its every movement. This type of surgery especially on the heart limits the amount of trauma the body must undergo. This helps with by minimizing recovery time and because there are much less incisions to the body, and often times means less pain. This type of heart surgery would be an alternative option to an open-heart surgery. Minimally invasive surgery can definitely be an intimidating procedure and can cause high anxiety for the patients who have these surgeries. Moreover, this means that after the surgery proper care is imperative to helping the patient not only recover physically, but mentally as well.

Caregiving after a Minimally Invasive Surgery

Caregiving Needs to Begin Before the Surgery: it’s important to communicate with the patient, understanding what they are going to need and their preferences. For example; things they would prefer to eat or what they prefer to do to relax. Ensuring that you both are on the same page before the surgery, can rid of any miscommunication which could lead to frustration.

Communicate with the Surgical Team: post-surgery is never easy to handle. Sometimes patients need to be on a strict diet, taking medicine every few hours, and will need wound care. For example, some patients can only be on a liquid diet for a few days before introducing solid foods back into their bodies. Knowing the exact regimen the patient needs to be on can continue to help with a speedy recovery.

Wound Care: having a caregiver that knows how to properly care for surgical incisions is critical to recovery. Preventing infection after surgery is one of the most important aspects of home-care after a surgery. If a patient gets an infection this can have serious setbacks for the patient and the surgery they just underwent.

Psychological Care: experiencing anxiety or even depression after a surgery is very common. Moods can be at their most fragile because surgeries often times can make people feel helpless. Having a strong support system and knowing the best ways to help surgical patients get back on their feet quickly can help to battle this. Having a professional caregiver who knows what works and what doesn’t can be very helpful.

Providing Outstanding Care: caring for someone who may be in pain after a surgery can be difficult. Professional caregivers are trained individuals who can provide the highest level of care which can alleviate some of the patients worries and can ultimately help the loved ones surrounding them.

As a family member, giving post-operative care is definitely not easy. Surgeries are definitely something you need to be prepared for in every aspect as it is critical to a healthy recovery. Finding the right caregiver after this type of surgery can help the patient immensely especially with their mental state. However, the most important aspect is ensuring that the patient is receiving the absolute best possible post-operative care.



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