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Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Surgeons at the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital offer comprehensive treatments for the heart, including coronary artery bypass grafting, valve procedures and congenital cardiac anomalies; as well as treatment of diseases of the lungs, esophagus and aorta. For patients who require surgery there are often several options. Besides robotic surgery, which our staff pioneered in the east Texas region, minimally invasive surgeries are often the answer to recovering a patient’s heart health.

Finding the Right Options for Your Heart

At the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, your physician will work with you to determine if minimally invasive heart surgery is an option for you. Patients with prior heart surgery or heart disease generally aren't right for minimally invasive heart surgery. Through various tests and a review of your medical history your physician can determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery.

Although minimally invasive surgery isn't an option for everyone, it offers many advantages in those cases for which it is suited. Advantages include:

  • Less blood clots
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Reduced trauma and pain
  • Shorter time in the hospital
  • Faster recovery
  • Smaller, less noticeable scars

Robot-Assisted Heart Surgery

Our three da Vinci Robotic Surgical Systems® are the most advanced 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.

Watch bypass surgeries in action

  • TMF Live Broadcast Channel - Robotic Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • View TECAB Patient Rex Drigger's Video