Transmycardial Revascularization (TMR)
Some patients have coronary artery blockage and disabling angina, but are not candidates for coronary artery bypass surgery. This is usually because the arteries that are blocked are too small to bypass. TMR or Laser Heart Surgery allows surgeons to create new channels of blood flow in the heart muscle using the laser. This can be done in combination with bypass to other arteries or it can be done alone. The procedure can sometimes be done without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass or the "pump". The surgeon at Cardiothoracic Surgery of Savannah can provide this procedure to those patients with angina who have no other treatment options.
If your physician recommends surgery, be sure to ask about TMR (Laser Heart Surgery) as an option.