Dr. Ott and his team at the Texas Heart Institute
are recognized for their expertise in the field of coronary
artery disease. Each patient undergoes a thorough state-of-the-art
evaluation at the Texas Heart Institute/St. Luke's Hospital
or a complete review of their data that they send or bring
from other institutions. A team approach assures that all
available options are considered and presented to the patient
in an unbiased fashion for their consideration.
Stents are always the first option for many patients
with coronary artery blockages but it is important
to consult a highly experienced team in order to insure that
the correct treatment is chosen for each patient's specific
anatomy. A patient who has stents implanted inappropriately
is unlikely to obtain a good long term result. The surgical
option should not be chosen if stenting can offer a less invasive
and successful treatment.
Physicians at the Texas Heart Institute have experience
with over 100,000 open heart surgical procedures and 200,000
heart catheterizations to refer to in advising their patients.
Surgical options include "minimally invasive"
and "off-pump" techniques which may be appropriate
in selected patients as well as robotic heart surgery procedures
which are currently investigational with first-generation
Patients at the Texas Heart Institute/St. Luke's Hospital
benefit from specialized anesthesiology and nursing care in
the operating room and postoperatively, as well as medical
specialists in the important subspecialties of pulmonary (lung),
nephrology (kidneys) and infectious disease.