Over the past several years, focused research efforts have led to innovative surgical and transcatheter treatment options for aortic and mitral valve diseases. Now, these same efforts are on the rise in another area – the tricuspid valve – with the hope of achieving similar advantages and outcomes for patients.
Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano is one of a few centers in the region currently offering fenestrated stent grafts for endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair. When there is not enough room between the renal arteries and the AAA for a standard endovascular graft to function properly, a fenestrated stent graft may provide another option.
Cardiologists on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano are now using the first and only leadless pacemaker in the United States as a treatment option for patients with bradycardia. The Micra™ transcatheter pacing system (TPS) is about the size of a multivitamin, making it 93 percent smaller than traditional devices and the world’s smallest pacemaker.
The use of robotic technology has rapidly expanded in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and interventional cardiology over the last several years. As one of the state’s busiest robotic cardiothoracic surgery programs, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano continues to invest in this growing field in order to provide even more minimally invasive options for patients.