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Morton Plant Hospital Completes Robotic-Assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

by Pieter Werner

Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida, recently completed its first robotic-assisted, minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG). This development positions Morton Plant Hospital as one of only two facilities in the Tampa Bay area offering this advanced procedure.

The surgery was performed by Cardiothoracic Surgeons Michael Kayatta, MD, and John Ofenloch, MD, along with their surgical team. The procedure addresses severe arterial narrowing caused by plaque buildup. Traditionally, CABG involves opening the chest, halting the heart, and using a heart-lung machine, with a recovery period of approximately two months.

The robotic-assisted method requires only four small incisions between the ribs, through which a camera and surgical tools attached to robotic arms are guided. This method allows the heart to continue beating, stabilized by special tools, and offers potential benefits such as quicker recovery and reduced scarring.

The robotic system includes a computer console displaying magnified images of the heart, enabling the surgeon to control the robotic arms with precision. This technology enhances the range of motion and accuracy of surgical instruments compared to traditional methods.

Dr. Kayatta emphasized the role of the surgical team and the advantages of the robotic tool in improving patient outcomes and reducing recovery times. Both surgeons are part of BayCare Medical Group’s Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery clinic in Clearwater.


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