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Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in Palm Beach County offering minimally invasive heart surgery as a treatment option for patients suffering from heart valve disease. Unlike traditional open heart surgery where the breast bone needs to be surgically separated, minimally invasive valve surgery is performed through a small incision between the ribs.

About Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center

We would like to take this time to welcome you and thank you for choosing Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

Since opening our doors in 1968, to performing the first open-heart surgery in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast in 1983, our 199-bed, advanced tertiary medical center has expanded over the years to offer a full spectrum of healthcare services. Some of our most notable services include our Heart and Vascular Institute, emergency services, orthopedics and joint replacement, Certified Primary Stroke Center, neurosurgery, urology, general and robotic surgery, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation services.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center places a strong emphasis on patient centered care and we are dedicated to optimal health through clinical excellence and unparalleled compassion.

As Palm Beach County grows, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is committed to introducing new services and programs to better serve the community’s needs. We are proud to continue achieving excellence nearly 55 years later. Thank you for entrusting us with your care.

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News & Announcements

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Becomes First Hospital in Florida to Perform New Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation

Jan 13, 2022

Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is the first hospital in the state of Florida to now offer the new LARIAT/Convergent Hybrid AF™ procedure for patients who have atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib. This technique combines left atrial appendage closure with the LARIAT and the Convergent procedure to ablate both the inside and outside part of the heart tissue causing A-Fib. This gives patients a better chance of curing their A-Fib, and reduce their risk of stroke. Dr. Nishant Patel and Dr. Matthew Kolek were the first two physicians to perform this type of procedure.

“1 in 4 adults over the age of 40 will develop A-Fib in their lifetime, but this new hybrid procedure is now giving people an opportunity to no longer suffer with this disease and be able to resume their daily activities,” said Dr. Nishant Patel cardiothoracic surgeon on staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. “This hospital is at the forefront of new procedures for cardiac care, and our community has access to them right here in our backyard.”

Unlike traditional surgical treatments, the LARIAT procedure is completed through small punctures in the skin, so in addition to less pain, the patient benefits from a shorter recovery time and less risk of complications.

The Convergent procedure effectively treats patients with chronic atrial fibrillation.  It utilizes radiofrequency to block irregular electrical signals by producing lesions, or scar tissue, on the heart.

“As the first hospital in Florida to combine these two procedures, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, is invested in making sure patients in our community have access to the very best, and most sophisticated cardiac treatment in the state,” said Dr. Matthew Kolek, electrophysiologist on staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. “As one of just a handful of centers performing this new procedure, this treatment will give people, who in the past have had unsuccessful A-Fib therapies, a new lease on life, and reduce their chance of suffering a stroke.”

As the first hospital in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast to perform open-heart surgery, we continue to be at the forefront when it comes to being the first hospital performing cardiac procedures and the most experienced.

  • More than 100,000 cardiac catheterizations
  • Over 19,000 open heart surgeries
  • Over 700 TAVR’s
  • Over  275 Mitraclips
  • Over 50 convergent procedures
  • Nearly 300 Watchman procedures

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