Baptist Health cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Bryan Barrus is offering a new minimally-invasive heart surgical procedure which implants HeartMate III heart pump devices in advanced heart failure patients. Baptist Health Heart Failure and Transplant Institute is the first in the state to perform this new procedure which experts claim offers better outcomes and a quicker recovery.
“Instead of implanting HeartMate pumps through a traditional sternotomy, we are now going in between the ribs – one incision on the left side and one on the right side to connect to the heart and aorta,” Dr. Barrus said of the technique.
Now in its third generation, the HeartMate III has the ability to assist the performance of the left side of the heart. According to Baptist Health medical professionals, implanting a HeartMate III using this new procedure decreases the length of stay between 30 to 50 percent, decreases the chances of death, and speeds up recovery time from six months to around two months.
“To see patients go home in as little as four days, it’s incredible,” Dr. Barrus said.
Dr. Barrus recently transferred to Baptist Health from University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital in New York, where he helped develop this technique. He is currently one of the leading surgeons in the U.S. performing this minimally invasive procedure and is board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
“I have been trained on and developed less invasive techniques that decrease trauma and accelerate recovery,” Dr. Barrus said. “I am involved in regional, national and international research so I can bring the best care and latest knowledge to my patients.”