Our three da Vinci Robotic Surgical Systems® are the most advanced robotic surgery minimally invasive technology in the world and our surgeons are leaders in this pioneering surgical technique that reduces pain, promotes shorter recovery time and faster healing.
With robot-assisted coronary artery bypass graft surgery, patients no longer must endure having their chest cracked. Instead, the surgeon makes a three- to five-inch incision under the left breast along with three small holes that allow access to the robot instrument arms.
Additionally, the bypass graft is harvested using minimally invasive techniques. Because there is less trauma to the body, healing is faster, complications are less likely and pain is minimal compared to traditional bypass surgery.
Patients generally go home in three to four days and are back to their regular routine within about two weeks, compared to eight weeks of recovery following a traditional open-heart surgery that involves accessing the heart through an open chest. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon William F. Turner, Jr., MD, has performed more of these procedures than any heart surgeon in Texas.
Totally Endoscopic Bypass Surgery (TECAB)
This new technique eliminates the need to open a 2-3 inch area between the ribs to allow room to hand-sew the bypass from outside the body. Instead, small port holes are used for the surgeon-controlled robotic arms to perform the procedure. The port holes are small enough to allow coverage by an average-size bandage after surgery.
In addition, a section of the mammary vessel from the inside of the chest wall is harvested instead of the traditional harvesting of the saphenous vein. This eliminates the extra incision on the inside of the leg. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic cardiothoracic surgeon William F. Turner, Jr., MD, is the only heart surgeon in Texas currently offering this unique procedure. The Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital is proud to have Dr. Turner on our team.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
The surgeons of CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery have completed extensive training, allowing them to perform many MICS procedures during the past year. Some of the surgeries performed include aortic valve replacement mitral valve repair and replacement, surgery for atrial fibrillation, ASD closure, sub-aortic stenosis repair and more.