Robotic Heart Bypass Surgery San Antonio, TX

Category: Heart Surgeon

Minimally invasive heart bypass surgery has many benefits over traditional surgery.

What is a Minimally Invasive Heart Bypass Surgery?

A minimally invasive heart bypass surgery includes the following steps:

  • Making a three to five inch long cut in the left part of your chest in between your ribs, which gives the surgeon the ability to reach the heart.
  • The costal cartilage, a small part of the front of the rib, is removed.
  • The surgeon finds and prepares an artery on your chest wall to attach to the blocked coronary artery.
  • In the final step, the surgeon will connect the prepared chest artery to the coronary artery.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery boasts many benefits over conventional bypass surgery, such as:

  • Shorter length of stay – Most patients are discharged from the hospital within two to three days as opposed to five to 10.
  • Available to more patients
  • Lower infection rate – There is less exposure during a minimally invasive surgery, lowering the chance of infection.
  • Faster recovery – Patients can typically return to activities two weeks after surgery compared to an eight week recovery period.
  • Less bleeding and less trauma – Not having to be put on a heart-lung machine reduces the risk of blood clots and lowers the chance of blood cells being damaged.

Dr. Renata Bastos Ford, MD

Dr. Renata Bastos Ford performs minimally invasive heart surgery in San Antonio, TX, including mitral valve replacement, aortic valve replacement and coronary revascularization. Schedule an appointment today by calling 210-519-5797.


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