Scott & White Hospital - Round Rock Performing Minimally-invasive "Keyhole" Heart Surgery

CENTRAL TEXAS, Texas – Cardiovascular disease is the nation's number one killer and nearly 30 percent of Austin area deaths each year are attributed to cardiovascular disease. Nearly 2,300 Americans diet of cardiovascular disease every day, nearly one person every 38 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases and accidents combined. 

Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock is offering cardiology patients a minimally-invasive, "keyhole" heart surgery procedure for valve disease, coronary artery disease, and congenital heart defects. The surgery is performed using the most sophisticated technology allowing the surgeon and his team to use small surgical instruments through the side of the patients' chest.

Traditional heart surgery is typically performed through a very large incision down the middle of the chest, including a full cut through the breastbone which can take 12 weeks or more before the wound is healed. This can dramatically delay a patient’s return to normal activities. Those patients who are candidates for the keyhole technique are able to avoid this more invasive surgery.

According to Subbareddy Konda, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon at Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock, a smaller incision with "Keyhole" means less tissue damage, often without broken bone, which in turn can lead to faster recovery in as little as 10 days. In addition, performing the surgery through a small, keyhole incision often results in significantly less scarring and a better cosmetic outcome. The "Keyhole" technique can also reduce the need for supportive treatment required following major heart surgery as the risks for complications are reduced, including blood loss which decreases the need for transfusions. Some other advantages for patients include: faster recovery, shorter hospital stay, quicker return to work resulting in decrease in lost wages, smaller incisions, and decreased risk of infection or blood loss.

"We’ve come a long way since first performing heart surgery in the early 1950’s; patients can expect to feel better and live for longer following their operation with minimal risks," said Dr. Konda. "Keyhole approaches during heart surgery can have dramatic improvements for the patient, as well as cosmetic benefits," said Dr. Konda.

Considerable advances like "Keyhole" offered at Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock have been made in recent years that minimize complications and enhance recovery with regards to heart surgery.

"Being told that you need heart surgery can cause a lot of anxiety for a patient. On the one hand, there is a fear that without intervention their health will be compromised, yet the alternative is a major procedure with some inherent risk so you want to go to make sure you’re going to an experienced surgeon," said Kendra Thomsen, physician assistant to Dr. Konda.

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For more information, contact:

Katherine Voss
Media and Public Relations
Scott & White Healthcare

April 5, 2013

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