Body Image

Body image issues are something that many people grow-up with to one extent or another. For heart surgery patients, many of these issues seem to come back, after an open chest heart surgery. Due to the extent of the scarring, survivors are often known as the “Zipper Club”. Patients have often reported that they feel “less attractive” to their significant other, or refusing to go swimming so no one will see their scar. We also see people dressing so that their scars are not visible to others because of their being self-conscious, and concerned about what others may think.

With minimally invasive heart procedures, the scarring is minimal, and generally in a place that causes little attention. Consequently, self-esteem stays in tact!!!