Local Surgeon, Heart Team at BR General perform region’s 1st robotic heart surgery

Local Surgeon, Heart Team at BR General perform region’s 1st robotic heart surgery
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:02am

Local heart surgeon Dr. Azeem Khan with cardiologist Dr. Brian Swirsky and the heart care team at Baton Rouge General Medical Center performed South Louisiana’s first minimally-invasive, hybrid coronary revascularization surgery, using state-of-the-art robotic technology in March 2014.

The heart bypass procedure is a surgical treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease, which can lead to heart attack.

Using a hybrid approach that includes surgical and cardiology teams, the surgery involves putting a new blood vessel into place that bypasses the blocked artery to restore blood flow to the heart.

During the procedure, the surgeon operates the robot’s arms from a console using 3D cameras that allow the surgeon to maneuver tiny robotic fingers in tight spaces with extreme precision.

For patients, the advantages of robotic surgery are significant. During conventional bypass surgery, the heart is reached by opening the chest and dividing the breast bone.

In the robotic surgery, several small incisions between the ribs allow the surgeon to access to the heart through the internal mammary artery.

Dr. Khan and Dr. Swirsky said the robotic technology allows for greater control and precision. It also helps patients by being less invasive, less painful, and reducing recovery time with almost no scarring.  

Dr. Khan and Dr. Swirsky 

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