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When is transmyocardial laser revascularization considered?

Transmyocardial laser revascularization (TMR) is a treatment aimed at improving blood flow to areas of the heart that were not treated by angioplasty or surgery, or in which surgery, such as coronary bypass, will not complete treatment. Patients with coronary artery disease are treated with interventional procedures (angioplasty and stenting), coronary artery bypass grafting, and medications to improve blood flow to the heart muscle. Sometimes these procedures do not eliminate the symptoms of chest pain; TMR is another treatment option. A special carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is used to create small channels in the heart muscle, improving blood flow in the heart. The procedure is performed through a small left chest incision or through a midline incision. Frequently, it is performed with coronary artery bypass surgery, but occasionally it is performed independently.

How does it work?

How TMR reduces angina is not fully understood. The laser may stimulate new blood vessels to grow and/or it may destroy nerve fibers to the heart, making patients unable to feel their chest pain. TMR will not replace coronary artery bypass or angioplasty as the most common method of treating coronary artery disease. These alternatives have been proven over time to be safe, effective ways to restore blood flow to the heart muscle. However TMR can be considered in:

  • People who are high-risk candidates for a second bypass or angioplasty.
  • People whose blockages are too diffuse to be treated with bypass alone.
  • Some patients with heart transplants who develop atherosclerosis in their transplanted heart.

Cardiothoracic Surgeons

David A. Bull, M.D.

David Bull, MD, is a member of the Thoracic Oncology Program, a joint effort between Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. The program was developed to offer consultation, diagnosis, and treatment for all chest cancers. Bull is a professor in the Department of Surgery, Divis... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Esophageal Surgery, Heart Transplant, Lung Cancer, Lung Transplant, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-5311

Phillip T. Burch, M.D.

Dr. Burch performs repairs for a wide variety of congenital cardaic anomalies. In additon to clinical responsibilities, Dr. Burch has research interests in single ventricle physiology as well as in derangements in normal neonatal metabolism caused by cardiac surgery.... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-5577

Aaron W. Eckhauser, M.D., M.S.C.I

I joined the University of Utah, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2012. I am board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. My clinical interests are focused on caring for all patients, from neonates to adults, with congenital heart defects. I have ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Transplant, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Ganesh S. Kumpati, M.D.

Dr Kumpati performs adult cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr Kumpati has significant experience in both surgical and endovascular management of aortic disease, including endovascular aneurysm repair. Prior to joining the University of Utah in August 2011, Dr Kumpati was in private prac... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-5311
Veterans Administration Medical Center (801) 582-1565

Stephen McKellar, M.D., M.Sc.

Dr. McKellar is a native of Salt Lake City and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah and his Doctor of Medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgical and Cardiothoracic Surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in a com... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Minimally Invasive Lung & Esophageal Surgery, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Amit N. Patel, M.D., B.S., M.S.

Amit Patel, MD, MS, is an associate professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Director of Clinical Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering at the University of Utah. His clinical interests include heart surgery for coronary disease, valve repair and... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Failure, Heart Stem Cell Therapy, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 587-7946

Craig H. Selzman, M.D.

Dr. Craig Selzman is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah who specializes in the care of patients requiring heart surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his Gener... Read More

Specialties:

Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Heart Failure, Heart Stem Cell Therapy, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Surgical Ventricular Restoration, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 587-9348

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building (801) 662-1000
University Hospital (801) 581-0434

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Physician Assistant

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Terri M. Hancock, DNP, ACNP-BC

Terri Hancock, DNP, ACNP-BC, is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah. As a Cardiothoracic Surgery Nurse Practitioner, Terri is interested in evaluating and improving the overall quality of care and clinical efficiency of cardiac and... Read More

Specialties:

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-5311

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 231-2200

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Nathan C. Sontum, PA-C, M.H.S.

PA-C for department of CT surgery 2010-Present... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

Scott A. Tatum, PA-C

Scott came to the University over 6 years ago from private practice. As a trainer and consultant for Endoscopic Vein harvesting, he has effectively introduced and incorporated new technology and procedures into the University healthcare system. As the senior physician assistant in the division of cardiothoraci... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Physician Assistant

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-2121

Locations

University Campus
University Hospital
50 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
(801) 581-2121
Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 662-1000
Veterans Administration Medical Center
500 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84148
(801) 582-1565