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Robotic Surgery: Cardiothoracic

At Spartanburg Regional, we are proud to have one of the best cardiothoracic programs in the Upstate. In fact, we were the only hospital in South performing robotic endoscopic beating-heart surgery. Other procedures include:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

This occurs when there is a weak spot in the main vessel that provides blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The blood collects against the weakened portion which bulges like a balloon. This can be treated through surgery and interventional repair.

Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Atrial fibrillation is a heart arrhythmia, otherwise known as a rapid or irregular heartbeat. This is treated by applying electrical energy to the affected area, creating a small scar that is incapable of creating heart arrhythmia.

Beating-Heart Surgery

Doctors operate on the heart while it's beating, instead of using the heart-lung machine that normally functions for the heart and lungs during coronary surgery. For the patient, this new procedure means fewer side effects and fewer risks. Spartanburg Regional does more beating-heart surgeries than most any other hospital in the Carolinas. We are proud to be the first hospital in the South to perform it robotically.

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)

This is a new form of therapy for congestive heart failure. CRT uses a specialized pacemaker to re-coordinate the actions of the right and left ventricles getting them back in the same rhythm.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

The surgery reroutes, or "bypasses," blood around clogged arteries to improve blood flow and oxygen to the heart. Increasing blood flow to the heart muscle can relieve chest pain and reduce the risk of heart attack.

Heart Valve Repair or Replacement

This procedure is warranted if someone suffers from severe mitral valve regurgitation. It is recommended if you have heart failure or if the amount of blood passing through the left ventricle decreases.  

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