• Lauren Roth

Texas Team Aorta with Bill Brinkman, MD

Updated: Sep 11, 2019

In our first episode, we interviewed Bill Brinkman, MD, on all things "Team Aorta". Dr. Brinkman is a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in aortic aneurysms and dissections, including endovascular options. Texas Team Aorta utilizes the heart team approach to patient care by having a group of doctors determine and carry out a treatment plan for their patients, whether that be through medical management, minimally invasive surgery, or traditional open-heart surgery. Check out an excerpt below, and then listen to the full episode on our podcast!

Why is the team approach so important for the care of these patients?

The team approach allows us to provide the best possible care to our patients. We get multiple viewpoints and expertise, and different ways of tackling a problem, whether that’s from a vascular surgery perspective or a CT surgery perspective. This is how we provide the best care to the patient. We can offer anything from traditional large surgeries, which can be quite involved and rigorous on both the surgeon and the patient, to very minimally invasive procedures with wires and stents, where we make a little poke in the groin or in the wrist to deliver the stent. Through our team approach, we are able to offer the full range of therapies to a patient, whereas no one individual surgeon is generally able to offer this same range of treatment options.

What procedures does your team do together?

Procedures involving the descending thoracic aorta or thoracoabdominal aorta have always been collaborated on because we felt that it would benefit the patient, and we could address any complication quickly and safely. The ascending aorta has traditionally been dealt with only by cardiothoracic surgeons, and the abdominal aorta only by vascular surgeons.

The real value for patient comes to those patients who have diffused problems with their aorta, in those areas that traditionally involve a big, open surgery, such as the aortic arch or ascending aorta. Now, we’re developing minimally invasive ways to treat those issues, and we are focused on trying to decrease the stress on the patient to get a certain problem fixed

Why your program?

Here at The Heart Hospital Plano, you are going to be offered all methods of treating the problem you have -- medicine, stents, open surgery, a combination of stents and open surgery, or to be followed medically and treated with surgery in the future. No other center in the area is able to offer this range of treatment options at our level of care. We also have access to research trials which will allow you to be on the cutting edge of new techniques, many of which are investigating minimally invasive approaches to treat problems that traditionally required open surgery.

For the full interview, check out our podcast at http://mdspotlight.buzzsprout.com/

For an appointment or more information, please call 469.814.3480 or email us at TexasTeamAorta@gmail.com.