Cardiothoracic Surgery at Medical City Plano

Medical City Plano’s cardiovascular surgeons and heart specialists perform expert cardiothoracic surgery for conditions of the heart, lungs and esophagus. They also treat cancer as well as a range of non-cancerous (benign) conditions.

All surgery entails risk, but traditional open surgery in this region has specific drawbacks. Among them are the need for a long incision and spreading of the ribs (sternotomy) to gain access to the chest cavity. These measures are associated with pain, trauma, extended recovery, and an increased risk of infection.

Fortunately, other options are often available. The most common is conventional minimally invasive surgery, which involves insertion into the body of long-shafted instruments through multiple small incisions. This works well for many routine procedures, but may be less suitable if the procedure, the patient's anatomy, or the condition being treated, is challenging or complex.

If you have a condition that requires cardiothoracic surgery, ask about the availability of a minimally invasive procedure employing Medical City Plano's da Vinci® Si Surgical System. The da Vinci® Si allows our experienced cardiothoracic surgeons to operate using a minimally invasive approach, but with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control.

Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery

With the da Vinci® Si, the cardiothoracic surgeon makes only a few tiny incisions between the ribs. Splitting of the breastbone and ribcage is therefore avoided. Among the other potential advantages of the da Vinci® Si in cardiothoracic cases are

  • A lower risk of a major heart event during first year after surgery
  • Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions
  • Less time in intensive care
  • A lower rate of major complications
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster recovery and return to normal daily activities

The da Vinci® Si Surgical System provides the intuitive control, range of motion, ability to manipulate tissue, and 3-D visualization characteristic of open surgery, while at the same time enabling the surgeon to work through the tiny incisions that are the hallmark of minimally invasive surgery.

As with any surgical procedure, benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. Cardiothoracic surgery using the da Vinci Si may not be appropriate for everyone. Always ask about the full range of treatment options available to you, including the risks and benefits of each.