Doctors call it the best of both worlds. Find out how they're combining two complex heart procedures into a less invasive, hybrid operation.
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Two for One Heart Repair with Hybrid Revascularization Melissa Medalie: Larry Wineski teaches at a medical school but two months ago, his heart gave him a lesson of his own, a textbook case of coronary artery disease. Larry Wineski: They said it was about a 98% blockage. I had absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. Melissa Medalie: Doctors told Larry he was a good candidate for a surgery called hybrid revascularization designed to restore normal blood flow to the heart. Using robotic technology, they do a combined procedure performing a bypass on the left coronary artery and placing stents in the other diseased arteries all of it without opening the chest. Michael Halkos: That's what we call it, sort of a best of both worlds approach, minimally invasive benefits of the stenting procedure, which involves a—stick and the long-term durability of a bypass operation. Melissa Medalie: Traditional surgery requires an incision down the middle of the chest. The hybrid procedure is done through a three-centimeter incision. The stents are placed with a catheter up the leg into the heart. Early results show patients recover faster with fewer complications. Larry Wineski: The technology is amazing! The technological changes that we see in all of medicine now are just phenomenal kinds of things to see. And this time, it's me. Melissa Medalie: Just two months after surgery, Larry is back on campus and back to his normal routine. This professor gives his surgery an A-plus. Larry Wineski: I'm a very grateful patient. Melissa Medalie: I'm Melissa Medalie reporting.