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Coronary Artery Bypass (CAB) Surgery Southern California

Daniel M. Bethencourt, MD specializes in “complex” robotic surgery and is often able to perform robotic or minimally invasive surgery where many other physicians cannot. One of the many procedures Dr. Bethencourt performs routinely with robot assist is Coronary Artery Bypass … Continue reading

da VinciĀ® Robot Cardiac Surgery Los Angeles County

Having performed well over 800 robot assisted cardiac procedures, Daniel M Bethencourt, MD has the expertise and experience you need when looking for a cardiac surgeon you can trust to perform complex heart surgery using minimally invasive techniques, which includes the use … Continue reading

Robotic-Assisted Surgery: Repairing the Heart at Long Beach Memorial

  It was easy for René LePage to dismiss the extreme exhaustion. Like many wives and mothers, she wore a number of hats—employee, community volunteer, tutor, chauffeur, cook—so she didn’t think too much of it when she began dropping off … Continue reading

Bethencourt Receives Applause Award

February 11th, 2015 Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Daniel M. Bethencourt who specializes in Robotic & Minimally Invasive surgery received the “Applause Award” from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for exceeding expectations for patient care. Dr. Bethencourt was nominated by … Continue reading

Mitral Valve Surgery Los Angeles County

From Heart Disease to Hearts-at-Ease with Robotic Assisted Surgery   Michael Walo was on vacation when he had difficulty breathing. He was admitted to the hospital, where he received unsettling news that he needed heart surgery. “One of the valves … Continue reading

Annual Wear Red Day (2015)

Friday February 6th is National Wear Red Day. 

Robotic Intracardiac Advisory Board Meeting 2015

On January 24th, 2015 at the 42nd Annual Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) held in San Diego, California – Intuitive Surgical (makers of the da Vinci robot) held their “Robotic Intracardiac Advisory Board Meeting” where advisory board member Daniel M. … Continue reading

Dual anterior and posterior mitral valve clefts evaluated by 3-dimensional echocardiography with robot-assisted surgical correction

We report a case of dual mitral valve clefts in both theanterior and posterior leaflets of the mitral valve. Threedimensionaltransesophageal echocardiography (TEE) facilitates visualization of the mitral leaflet pathology andassists with accurate surgical planning. This rare mitralvalve anomaly is confirmed … Continue reading