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Episode 10, Dr. Alexander Justicz - Minimally Invasive Surgery Techniques

Air Date:
December 2, 2014
Minimally Invasive Surgery Techniques
Alexander Justicz

Dr. Alex Justicz is the Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery Services at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He focuses on surgeries of the aortic valve and the mitral valve, coronary bypass graft surgery and arrhythmia surgeries involving atrial fibrillation. He strongly recommends minimally invasive surgery to his patients. It leads to faster, more comfortable recoveries. Dr. Justicz’s advice to anyone looking into cardiovascular surgery: consider minimally invasive surgery. Get a second opinion if your doctor doesn’t offer it.

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Ask the Doc is sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital.

Hello! I’m Andi Tillis and this is Ask the Doc with Holy Cross Hospital. Joining me is Dr. Alex Justicz, the medical director of cardiovascular surgery services at Holy Cross Hospital. Hello, Dr. Justicz! Welcome.

Hi there.

So you specialize in minimally invasive surgeries. How different is minimally invasive surgery from traditional surgery?

Well, in several important ways. First off, of course, we try to keep the incision smaller because that leads to less blood less and less post-operative pain but in addition, we try to place folks on the heart-lung machine also in a less invasive way.

And what types of surgeries can now be done minimally invasive?

As adult cardiac surgeons, we generally focus on the aortic valve, the mitral valve, some aspects of coronary bypass graft surgery, and also lately, some arrhythmia surgery involve atrial fibrillation.

What are the newest tools you use in these surgeries?

There are specially developed instruments that enable us to access the smaller incisions better and then in addition, there are some new optics out there so that we can visualize down in smaller incisions as well.

What advice would you have for someone who may not be aware of minimally invasive surgery options and is considering traditional surgery?

Other than calling Holy Cross?


I think I would ask them to discuss with their physician whether or not they are familiar with minimally invasive techniques and then perhaps consider getting a second opinion.

Thank you, doctor!

Thank you.

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