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The cardiothoracic surgeons on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano combine experience, surgical skill, and five-star facilities with a team-based, compassionate approach to deliver patient-centered care. The surgeons on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital provide the proper approach designed for you, from diagnosis to cardiothoracic surgery to after-care, including cardiac rehabilitation when necessary. The highly skilled specialists on the medical staff have extensive experience in heart and chest surgery, with surgeons that are board certified in thoracic surgery, general surgery, and surgical critical care.

Cardiothoracic surgeons are doctors who operate on the heart, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm, blood vessels, and other organs in the chest. Cardiothoracic surgery treats a wide range of disorders, including:

Cardiothoracic surgery

Staying abreast of advanced technology allows our team to provide you with the appropriate care for your unique heart condition. The cardiac surgeons on our medical staff are experts in traditional open heart surgeries; however, they are also leaders in newer innovative procedures such as minimally invasive aortic valve replacement​, p​ort access mitral valve repair​, and robotic surgeries. Instead of making larger incisions to gain necessary access as in open surgery, minimally invasive techniques allow your surgeon to access your heart and chest area through small (about 2.5-inch) incisions. Minimally invasive heart and chest surgery procedures allow surgeons to perform complex surgery on high-risk patients, the very elderly for whom open surgery may not be the best approach, or those requiring repeat procedures. Minimally invasive procedures require smaller incisions and typically allow you to recover more quickly than with open surgery. Some of the other benefits of minimally invasive techniques may include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Less (and smaller) scarring
  • Quicker return to normal activity
  • Fewer complications
  • Decreased risk of infection

The cardiothoracic surgeons on the medical staff of The Heart Hospital are highly regarded for their expertise in treating patients in a high-risk state following a heart attack or heart failure. Our services include:

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The Heart Hospital offers intra-cardiac repair of the mitral and tricuspid valve​ using robotic technology. The surgeons on our medical staff also perform a hybrid revascularization procedure. This approach consists of bypass surgery using the robot, which is followed by stent placement in other arteries to bridge lesions. We also combine our robotic technology with ablative technology to correct atrial fibrillation – a common heart rhythm disorder – during complex valve repair procedures.

Robotically assisted heart or chest surgery provides your cardiothoracic surgeon with magnified vision, enhanced dexterity, and superior precision of the heart and chest. 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 10 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, wrist, and finger movements into smaller, more precise movements.

In addition to performing cardiothoracic​ surgery, the surgeons on the medical staff are engaged in developing future surgical and minimally invasive techniques through clinical trials. At The Heart Hospital, we are deeply committed to research as an important way to develop new treatments for cardiothoracic disorders. Clinical research trials enable us to find more effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cardiothoracic diseases. We believe that our participation in clinical research contributes to future medical progress, and it provides the right patients access to investigational treatments through their participation.

For more information on our robotic services, visit the Robotics page. For more information on heart valve procedures, visit The Heart Valve Center of Texas, part of the Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Care at Baylor Scott & White Heart – Plano​.

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