The age of minimally invasive cardiac surgery procedures is here. Dr. Edward Bennett, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Albany Medical Center, explained how highly advanced cutting edge techniques are resolving age-old problems. He described how he and the other cardiothoracic surgeons bring a level of skill and success that makes AMC one of the top programs in the country. The 5 surgeon team was one of the first non-research centers in the United States to bring these techniques to the public.
There are many sub-specialty areas within cardiovascular surgery, and Albany Medical Center has experts in them all. This is one of the strengths of the program. Our surgeons often work in teams so that everyone gains considerable experience in all the specialties. An important factor every patient should be concerned with is that every attending surgeon is Board Certified and recognized by their peers as experts. Rest assured: quality means safety, which is our top priority.
What does this mean to you? Having successful programs for revascularization, valve replacements, ventricular assist devices, and more, patients need not travel to New York City, Boston, or anywhere else.
Many of the surgical interventions which can now be done with minimally invasive protocols were contraindicated as too high a risk for the frail and aged. Those patients were often advised not to undergo surgery. These patients are the ones who may benefit the most. A bonus of the new surgical techniques is that recovery is easier with less disability; allowing patients to return to an active life faster.
You and your physician are partners in your health care. Be involved in all decisions. Speak to your doctor about a surgical evaluation by one of our cardiothoracic surgeons. We welcome you and your physician to contact us or view our website to learn more about our professionals and how we may help you.