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Cardiovascular Procedures


Reducing the impact of surgery on your life is the most human thing we can do.

Surgeons on the medical staff across the Texas Health system utilize the latest robotic-assisted technology, training and expertise to offer patients a wide range of minimally invasive procedures.

Use the pulldown menu below to browse some of the many minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures offered at the hospitals of Texas Health Resources:

 


 

Blocked Heart Arteries 

Interventional cardiology is the specialized branch of cardiology that uses minimally invasive treatments to unblock clogged arteries that supply blood to the heart.

To treat a blocked artery a catheter is threaded into the artery and a stent is placed around a deflated balloon. When correctly positioned in the coronary artery, the balloon is inflated, expanding the stent against the walls of the coronary artery.

At the blockage, the balloon is inflated to push open the blockage and restore blood flow through the artery. 

In many cases, patients are hospitalized for only one night following interventional cardiology procedures, instead of the longer hospital stay required by other types of surgery. Recovery time often is shorter as well and symptoms, such as shortness of breath and chest pain, are usually relieved quickly and effectively.

Scarring:

  • No surgical incision is needed — only a small nick in the skin that does not have to be stitched closed.

Benefits include:

  • Interventional cardiology procedures are generally less invasive than traditional surgery
  • Compared to surgical interventions such as bypass surgery, interventional cardiology is typically lower-risk and lower-cost
  • Most interventional cardiology patients do not require general anesthesia
  • Some procedures can take as few as 30 minutes to perform
  • Most patients are able to return to normal activities shortly after the procedure 

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

To address an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a surgeon inserts catheters through the groin and angioplasty (small balloon) is used to expand the walls and a stent is inserted.

The procedure strengthens the walls and allows for increased blood flow.

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Aortic Valve Repair/Replacement

With minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, the sternum does not have to be split. The surgeon uses specialized instruments and advanced training to access the valve through small incisions.

Surgeons can use minimally invasive techniques to repair or replace aortic heart valves.

Aortic Heart Valve Repair

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Recovery time can be dramatically different — from up to three months with conventional surgery to just a week or two with the minimally invasive procedure. Pain is also greatly reduced with the minimally invasive option.

Scarring:

  • Traditional
    Open sternum
  • Minimally Invasive 
    A few small incisions

For the clinically appropriate patient, minimally invasive aortic valve replacement can offer a number of potential benefits, including:

  • Less postoperative pain
  • Elimination of sternal wound infections
  • Faster recovery

 

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Atrial Septal Defect

An atrial septal defect is a hole in the septum between right and left atriums causing mixture of blood from the two chambers resulting in improper circulation and oxygenation of the blood.  Catheters are inserted through the groin and threaded to the heart to repair the holes.

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Carotid Stents

A surgeon inserts a catheter through the groin and threads it to the carotid artery, then emplaces a stent that allows blood to flow freely through the artery and to the brain.

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Celiac Stents

Celiac is the first major branch off the abdominal artery and it supplies blood to the stomach, liver, spleen, abdominal esophagus, parts of the duodenum and pancreas.  A surgeon inserts a catheter through the groin and emplaces a stent to restore blood flow and secure the walls of the artery. 

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 Coronary Bypass (MIDCAB)

Heart bypass surgery creates a new route, called a bypass, for blood and oxygen to reach your heart.

Minimally invasive coronary (heart) artery bypass can be done without stopping the heart and putting a patient on a heart-long machine.

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Cryoablation 

Surgeons use cryoablation, which is cold energy or freezing, to destroy a small section of damaged heart tissue that is acting as a source of abnormal electrical activity and causing or contributing to some types of tachycardia.

Tachycardia is a form of rapid heartbeats caused by damage from a previous heart attack and can lead to sudden cardiac death.

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Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair (Endovascular AAA)

With endovascular repair of an aortic aneurysm, a surgeon places a tube-like device called a stent graft inside the aneurysm sac. The stent graft is inserted into an artery in the groin and advanced into the aneurysm sac.

Blood then flows through the stent graft instead of into the aneurysm sac and reduces the pressure in the aneurysm to keep it from bursting.

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First Rib Resection of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a rare condition caused by compression of the blood vessels or nerves that pass through the narrow space near the shoulder and collarbone on their way to the arm. A patient with thoracic outlet syndrome may experience pain in the neck or shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers, and a weak grip.

Minimally invasive surgery can be used to release pressure on the compressed blood vessals or nerves by removing a section of the first rib.

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Lower Extremity Stents

Peripheral Arterial Disease is a restriction of veins in the lower extremities that is caused by plaque. 

To address it, a surgeon inserts a catheter through the groin and emplaces stents to increase blood flow.

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Patent Foramen Ovale Closures

A patent foramen ovale closure addresses a perforation of the heart between the right and left atrium.

Some people will develop blood clots that pass through and cause strokes.  A surgeon inserts a catheter in the groin and threads it to the heart, then puts a small implant structure in place. Tissue grows around the device to provide a secure closure.

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