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Tuesday January 13, 12:16 pm Eastern Time

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SOURCE: Medical City Dallas Hospital

Medical City Dallas Hospital to Host Breakthrough Heart Procedure

DALLAS, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical City Dallas Hospital will host the United States' first minimally invasive transmyocardial revascularization (TMR) heart surgery. The first of three procedures scheduled for Monday, January 19, starts at 7:30 a.m.

Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR) is a procedure being investigated as an alternative for patients who have no other options to get blood supply to an ailing heart. During the procedure, 20 to 40 channels are drilled directly into the heart with a laser. These channels allow for oxygenated blood to flow into the diseased heart muscle. By offering this surgery minimally invasive, the surgeons are able to perform the surgery by making a few small incisions in the chest wall instead of cracking the breastbone. This is less traumatic for the patient and promotes a more rapid recovery. Additionally, surgeons using this minimally invasive technique operate on a beating heart, avoiding the use and complication of the heart-lung machine.

Heart surgeons performing the three TMR procedures Monday, January 19, include Dr. Michael Mack, Dr. Will Ryan and Dr. Tea Acuff. ``We are very excited by the opportunity to offer our patients this promising new approach to treating heart disease,'' said Dr. Mack, a Medical City Dallas Hospital heart surgeon who has been at the forefront of minimally invasive heart techniques. ``By coupling this innovative laser procedure with minimally invasive surgery, this technique provides hope to our patients with severe heart disease for relief of their symptoms with much less pain and a quicker recovery.''

Medical City Dallas Hospital is a 699-bed tertiary care facility providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The cardiovascular program at Medical City Dallas Hospital features state-of-the-art surgical treatment options and is a recipient of the CHOIS Award for cardiovascular performance in open heart procedures.

SOURCE: Medical City Dallas Hospital

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