Heart Surgery

Open Heart & Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Bay Medical-Sacred Heart established the Panama City, Florida area’s only open heart surgery program in 1984. Since that time, more than 9,000 open heart procedures have been performed at Bay Medical, including bypass surgeries, valve repair and replacement, atrial fibrillation, ventricular reconstruction and other heart defect repairs. In 2012, our skilled team also began offering minimally invasive robotic heart procedures in select cases, including mitral valve repair and bypass (please see video links below for an interview with the surgeon).

The Bay Medical-Sacred Heart team also uses less invasive endoscopic methods for obtaining blood vessels for use in bypass surgery for a faster recovery. Bay Medical’s surgical staff leads the Bay area in the number of heart surgeries performed annually.

Beating Heart Surgery

The cardiothoracic team at Bay Medical has trained in many specialized procedures including beating-heart surgery. During this type of surgery, Bay Medical surgeons use a special piece of equipment to stabilize the section of the heart being operated on, keeping that section motionless during the procedure. While this option can’t be used in every case, physicians at Bay Medical use it when possible for more many more common procedures.

Less-Invasive Heart Procedures

In select cases, some heart procedures can be performed through smaller incisions without opening the chest. Our cardiothoracic surgeons have all received specialized training in the use of daVinci robotic technology for both heart and lung procedures. While not every patient is a candidate, several less-invasive heart procedures are available at Bay Medical-Sacred Heart.

How is daVinci Robotic Surgery different from traditional methods?

  • No need for a sternotomy (an 8-10 inch incision through the breastbone)
  • Reduced risk of surgical complications
  • Higher long-term survival
  • Shorter hospital stay and faster recovery
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions