New York Methodist Offers New Surgical Services Through Its Institute for Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Jan 9, 2008

Cardiac Surgery

NYM's new Institute for Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery provides the highest level of surgical treatment.

The developments in advanced and minimally invasive surgery have sparked an unprecedented period of improvement in healthcare. Patients can now look forward to quicker recovery, improved cosmetic results, and shorter hospitalizations, while doctors can provide care for conditions that might otherwise be untreatable and use cutting edge instrumentation to minimize complication rates. New York Methodist Hospital continues to embrace the advances that are fueling this revolution through its new Institute for Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Surgeons on the Institute's panel include specialists in cardiac surgery, endovascular surgery, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and podiatry.

The Institute offers a range of advanced and minimally invasive procedures for a variety of medical conditions. Some of these include cardiac bypass surgery that involves very small incisions or the elimination of the use of the heart-lung machine, total knee and hip replacements that require smaller incisions and less muscular dissection, deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders, and brain tumor surgery using a highly sophisticated neurosurgery navigation system that allows for a more direct route to the tumor.

While these innovative techniques are not suitable for everyone, advanced treatments can enable individuals to receive care for conditions that might otherwise be untreatable. One example of this is an operation that removes blockages in arteries in the neck. Certain patients, such as those with severe heart or lung disease, may not be able to undergo traditional surgery to remove these blockages. In these cases, an advanced technique in which a small flexible tube is threaded up through to the artery in the neck may be used instead. "Since a lower complication rate is associated with minimally invasive and advanced treatments, these operations may be better tolerated by certain patients, explained Marcus D'Ayala, M.D., chief of vascular surgery at NYM.

Anthony Tortolani, M.D., chairman of the department of surgery, said, "The Institute enables the Hospital to provide the highest level of surgical care to a broader range of patients. We're very excited about this latest advancement in surgery at NYM."

For a referral to an appropriate specialist who is affiliated with the Institute for Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery or to schedule an appointment for a diagnostic procedure, please call (toll free) 866-DOCS-14U (866-362-7148).