When I walked into Dr. Sloane Guy’s office Tuesday morning, he and a cardiac surgery nurse practitioner were surveying a detailed 3D image on his computer screen. It was a CT scan of a patient’s heart. As Guy, an open heart surgeon, manipulated the image on the screen he and Amber Lennon, the nurse practitioner, discussed whether the patient would be a good candidate for robotic surgery, Guy’s specialty. The other option would be the old-fashioned way, which would require a sternotomy, colloquially known as “cracking open the ribcage.” They opted for the latter.
“We’ll just have to let him know that this is the reason we do these studies, to look for things that may make him non ideal [for robotic surgery],” said Guy, who’s also an associate professor at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. “There’s nothing wrong with a sternotomy. What’s important is that we get him through surgery safely.”
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