When you or someone you care about is first diagnosed with heart disease you may feel overwhelmed. There is a confusing path of doctors, medical investigations and difficult information to digest. Aside from the symptoms you may be experiencing you may also need to drastically change your lifestyle due to this diagnosis.
Dr Bassin understands that each patient is unique and may be impacted in different ways. His mission is to minimise the trauma and disruption that undergoing major surgery brings to your life by offering his patients alternatives to traditional open-heart surgery and by keeping you informed each step of the way.
“Get back to your life faster.”
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation is a procedure that involves replacing a dysfunctional aortic valve via a catheter guided through an artery in the leg. This means that patients can undergo aortic valve replacement without the need for major heart surgery. Dr Bassin is one of the few surgeons trained in TAVI and can counsel his patients about which procedure is best suited to them.
Robotic assisted heart surgery can facilitate mitral valve surgery, coronary bypass surgery and a range of other heart and lung operations. The robotic assistance aids the surgeon in visualisation, precision and control. Utilising the robot also minimises the size of the surgical incisions since the procedure is performed with the robotic arms placed inside the patient’s chest through 4 or 5 keyhole incisions. This hastens the recovery considerably and also reduces the pain and trauma of traditional open surgery.
Your cardiothoracic surgery path may be different to what you expect. Usually you will undergo surgery within a few weeks of seeing your surgeon. You will spend approximately a week in the hospital, the following few weeks at home regaining your strength, and then continue with a cardiac rehabilitation program.
Depending on what type of procedure you have, this process may be fast tracked. Minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery enable you to leave the hospital after just a few days. You will find yourself able to return to your normal activities fairly soon after surgery; this varies from patient to patient but is undoubtedly a shorter recovery period overall with less down-time and rehabilitation required.
Dr Bassin believes in designing a treatment plan that takes your work, family and passions into careful consideration – so that you can regain your optimal health and return to the things that matter most to you as quickly as possible.