Bypass Surgery by Robotics
January 16, 2009 by Bob Livingston
Yes! In Odessa, Texas at Alliance Hospital, there is a heart bypass procedure unique to all in the United States!
In the first two years after its grand opening in June 2003, Alliance Hospital had already performed the largest volume of robotic cardiac surgical procedures done in a single institution to date.
A group of 11 physicians established Alliance Hospital with the primary purpose of establishing a center of medical excellence.
Can you imagine a heart bypass operation where no human hands ever touch the heart and the chest is never opened as in conventional heart surgery?
The closed-chest, minimally invasive procedure utilizes four fingertip-size incisions on the chest where special robotic instruments are inserted and manipulated remotely by a cardiac surgeon sitting away from the patient. The operation is performed on a beating heart.
The cardiac surgeon sits at a remote console and harvests arteries that run along the inside of the chest to use as grafts for the heart bypass surgery. Most of the time this means no leg wounds!
Because of this approach, most patients are out of the hospital in 24 to 48 hours. They are back to their normal lifestyle without the misery of healing a split sternum and recovery from a stopped heart or heart-lung machine.
Alliance Hospital does heart, orthopedic, vascular, urological, general and specialty surgeries. Interestingly, the insurance companies and Medicare pay on the same basis as for conventional operations.
Suresh Gadasalli, M.D., F.A.C.C., whom I consider highly professional and who devotes time and attention to each patient, treated me.
Sudhir Srivastava, M.D., is a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. He has performed approximately more than 550 robotic assisted surgeries with no heart attacks, strokes or deaths.
Alliance Hospital has been rated number one in the Permian Basin area for overall cardiac care according to a study recently released by HealthGrades®, the nation’s leading provider of independent hospital ratings. The study ranked Alliance Hospital among the best hospitals in Texas for cardiology, and it received five-star ratings for the treatment of heart attack and heart failure.
For more information, contact Alliance Hospital in Odessa, Texas. Tell this great health news to everyone you care about!