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Heart Patient Receives Less Invasive Heart Surgery

April 5, 2013

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Christa Dean Hild
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Panama City—A game-changing procedure for open heart surgery was introduced at Bay Medical - Sacred Heart. The surgery uses robotic technology without opening up the patient's chest. We were first introduced to this technology in December of last year when Dr. Lynn Seto held a news conference. "What this means for the patient is that they have much less pain after the operation, less risk of requiring a blood transfusion, they go home quicker, and most importantly they are able to get back to their life quicker."  Now, for the first time, we talk to a patient who's gone through robotic heart surgery. "According to the doctor, if I continued on the way I was, I would have just fallen over." Gary Dabbs was diagnosed with a pro- lapsed mitral valve  .requiring heart surgery. Dr. Lynn Seto used robotic technology to repair the valve. "Like anybody, Who wants to be stuck in the hospital? I wanted to be out as fast as they would let me go" said Dabbs. The robotic procedure is much less invasive than traditional open heart surgery. Instead of a large incision opening up the chest, Dr. Seto makes three to four small incisions and then uses the robot to make the repair. "It gives you incredible magnification, you can see in 3-dimensions, so it's not like you're seeing a flat picture." Dr. Seto says the procedure can cut down on the hospital stay by about one or two days...and makes recovery after leaving the hospital a lot easier as well. "After that...it was two weeks and i was driving my truck again."  Bay Medical-Sacred Heart is one of the few facilities to offer this procedure in the southeast. The closest one is in Birmingham, Alabama.