On March 31, Joel Dyels celebrated his 72nd birthday by having coronary bypass surgery at Stanford Hospital. He also became the third patient at Stanford - and in the United States - to benefit from a new imaging system that lets doctors see the blood pathways they have created while the patients chest is still open.
Until now, doctors were almost never able to confirm whether bypass surgery had been successful while the patient was still on the operating table. In most cases, only after the chest had been closed could doctors get an image of the heart and see whether blood was flowing through the newly created vessels.
"The new technology now is just fantastic," Dyels said. He went home five days after his surgery, which was performed by Robert Robbins, MD, professor and chair of cardiothoracic surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. "Anything I can do to help advance the technology is great."
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