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​​At The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, we combine unparalleled service to our guests with innovative medical treatments, including providing minimally invasive robotically assisted cardiovascular surgery. Robotic heart surgery is offered for a variety of cardiac conditions, including blocked coronary arteries, valve disorders, congenital heart disorders, and atrial fibrillation.

Our guests' care is our top priority. That's why The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano uses a collaborative care approach. A highly specialized and expertly skilled group of cardiac surgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and surgical nurses work together to provide the treatment that's right for you and a guest experience that is second to none. We partner with our guests' cardiologists and other physicians to provide advanced and effective cardiac care.

Traditionally, heart surgery has been invasive, with large incisions necessary for the surgeon to gain access to the heart. Less invasive methods have been developed over time, and robotically assisted heart surgery is another step in that process. In traditional heart surgery, the chest is cut open at the breastbone and the ribs spread to gain access to the heart. In robotically assisted surgery, the surgeon makes tiny incisions between the ribs and then inserts small robotic arms and a small camera through the incisions.

During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a nearby computer console. A camera placed inside the body provides a three-dimensional view that is magnified ten times greater than normal human vision. The surgeon's hands control robotic arms from the console to perform the procedure. These robotic arms have a greater range of motion than human hands. They also translate the surgeon's larger hand movements into smaller, more precise movements. This less invasive approach offers several potential benefits to patients when compared to traditional surgery, including:

  • Less trauma
  • Decreased blood loss during the procedure
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less infection risk
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Robotically assisted surgery procedures we offer include:

  • Ablation for atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiac tumor removal
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (also called CABG or heart bypass surgery)
  • Repair of congenital (present at birth) disorders, such as atrial septal defect repair and patent foramen ovale
  • Tricuspid valve repair

For more information on robotic surgery, or to refer a patient for evaluation, call 469.442.0047 and request Robotics.

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