The Most Important Measure of Experience: Our Success
When you or a member of your family needs heart surgery, you want a surgical team with a proven record.

A team that has a history of thousands of successful surgeries with very low mortality and morbidity rates.

A team known throughout the world for its successful handling of the so-called "high-risk" heart patients. Established in 1986, the PCSG surgical team, headed by Taro Yokoyama, M.D., Ph.D., has routinely perform thousands of open heart surgeries. In fact, he has performed hundreds of surgeries on patients that other heart surgeons won't attempt. This includes patients, ranging from infants just a few hours old, to the elderly in their early 90s. Experience does make a difference. Dr. Yokoyama performed over 1000 Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting.
Special Needs Patients
Additionally, Dr. Yokoyama is widely recognize by religious organizations for accepting patients who cannot undergo surgery that involves blood transfusion.

Beating Heart Surgery
Pacific Cardiothoracic Surgery Group is an industry leader by employing a the newest and proven surgical procedures. One such procedure permits bypass surgery without stopping the patient's heart during the actual operation. .

Often called Beating Heart Surgery, or "Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting," this surgery is quite beneficial to the patient. It allows the heart patient to spend less time in the operating room, less overall hospital stay, and usually results in a shorter recuperation period after the surgery.

Developed in 1997, this advanced procedure is relatively new, but to date, Dr. Yokoyama has performed over 1000 beating heart surgeries with outstanding results. Again, experience does make the difference, and the PCSG surgical team is proud to be one of the first medical groups in the greater Los Angeles area to adopt this new surgical technology.

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