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Dr. Robert Binford

Thoracic Surgery
Bellevue, WA
39 years experience male

Locations

Overlake Cardiothoracic Surgery

Bellevue, WA

Address

1135 116th Ave NE, Suite 605, Bellevue, WA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
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Office

Yarrow Point, WA

About

Bio

I have a BS and MS in aerospace engineering which gives me a unique perspective to medicine. I attended medical school at Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, TX. My general surgery residency was at Indiana University in Indianapolis. I completed my training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. I practiced for about 9 years in Nashville, TN before moving to the Seattle area. My clinical interests are in adult heart disease and primarily valvular heart disease. I am aggressive in trying to repair valves especially the mitral valve. I have also had a lot of experience in atrial fibrillation surgery and use the Maze procedure in both a minimally invasive approach as well as the classic full Maze procedure. It is important to use the right method for the right patient. Probably because of my engineering background I have an added interest in new technologies and procedures. I helped start the first successful robotic heart surgery program in TN and participated in the training of robotic heart surgeon from all over the world. My preferred method to valve surgery is a minimally invasive approach. I tell my patients that my first goal is to do a good job and take care of their problem. My second goal is to do it as "sexy" as I can, but I will give up sexy in a second to make sure I do a good job. Finally, I believe what makes a good surgeon is not only knowledge and technical skill but also the ability to listen and communicate to the patient. Heart surgery is stressful enough, there is no need to add to it because the surgeon and patient are not on the same page.

Specialties
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Thoracic Surgery

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Need more info: What you describe is common. A mildly dilated left ventricle caused by many things. It can also occur normally in athletes. Some other causes inclu... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
No cure: As far as i know there is no cure for this disease. The treatment primarily involves avoiding all uv exposure including sunlight. It is a genetic di... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Relatively safe: Heart surgery is major surgery with lots of potential complications but the good news is that for the vast majority of patients they are uncommon. A l... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
No: There should be no increased risk than before their surgery. Hopefully they have stopped their narcotic pain meds before drinking and gotten cleared b... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Blood filling veins: When we stand up rapidly, gravity pulls the blood down towards our feet. The veins in our legs swell to accomadate this. This is like some one sudde... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
The heart is a pump: Moving blood by squeezing. The valves keep blood moving in the proper direction. The mitral valve prevents blood from moving backwards from the left v... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Depends on severity: The vast majority of patients with mitral regurge can be treated medically. However, when the leak is severe, a more agressive approach is often need... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Possibly: Patients experience all types of aches and pains after surgery. Often there is rib and muscle pain even in areas away from the incision. It can be d... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Probably yes: There are a few different causes of rhabdo. But drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin) can definitely be the cause. I would recommend stopping it.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
See doctor: It sounds like this could be your aorta or iliac arteries.. But only way to tell is to do a physical exam. This can be normal-especially in very thin ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Nothing specific: I like to put the patients i operate on a significantly reduced sugar diet. A balanced diet of lean protein, complex carbohydrates and vegetables. A... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Increase protein: Many vegetarians and vegans that i know replace meat with starches. It is still important to include a good source of protein into your diet. Don't ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Probably not: At 34 yrs of age the odds of you having a heart attack is very small. Also cramps are not typical complaint during a heart attack. The symptoms are ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Action of muscle: When a muscle contracts and moves an arm, leg, figer, toe away from the body it is an abductor. When it moves it towards the body it's called an adduc... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Minimum 3 mo: I restrict my patients to 10 lbs with arms for 6 weeks followed by another 6 weeks with limits of 25 lbs. Also no pushing or pulling. After the 3 mont... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Different: Narrowing of the arteries pretty much describes what is going on. The arteries are getting smaller and blood flow is reduced. An aneurysm is a dilat... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Over: Over exercise is a big reason for poor results. You have to let your muscles recover.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Type brain surgery: The fluid taht flows around and inside the brain is called cerebral spinal fluid (csf). Sometimes there can be an obstruction of the fluid. It can bu... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Pain: Pain in your calves when walking (claudication) can improve with a walking program and no smoking.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Depents: Trying to predict how long a stent or bypass surgery will last is pretty much impossible. It is dependent on so many things including genetics the t... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Right now it's ok: Mild aortic stenosis and leak typically do not need anything done surgically. But it will need to be followed up with echo's on a routine basis. This ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Ask your doctor: At 18 y/o you should really consider not taking it up again. Smoking is a leading factor in heart attacks and the number one factor in lung cancers a... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Milk digestion: Lactase is a digestive enzyme produced by the GI tract. It is needed to digest milk. Some loose the ability to produce lactase when he grow up. This i... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Insulin: It is a fast acting Insulin which begins working within minutes of administration. It allow to adjust dosage at the time of eating.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Typically no: Most bicuspid valve surgeries proceed fairly typical for aortic valve replacements. There are some newer valve options which may not be available. S... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: It really depends on the severity of your aortic stenosis. If it is mild and you have no symptoms then exercise should not be a problem. However if i... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
See your doctor: I think alarmed maybe too strong. It probably is not your heart but not for sure. A lot depends on what risk factors you have (diabetes, smoking, fami... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
8 months: Life expectancy is the time that 1/2 of the patients have died. For stage IV non small cell lung cancer it is about 8 months. Unfortunately the 5 yr... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Overkill: Brugada syndrome causes sudden death by sudden onset of ventricular tachycardia. Treatment is medication to reduce rate of vt. Also placement of an im... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
I wouldn't wait: A lung mass which is increasing in size is very concerning for cancer. Waiting a week or so probably doesn't make a difference but waiting 3 months wo... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Doubt it's heart: Though triglycerides are high it is still very unlikely that its your heart. Heart attacks in 23 y/o very very unlikely. However it is obviously conce... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Wash hands: Germs refers to organisms which cause an illness. They can be bacterial, viral, or even fungal. Prevention and spread go together. Hand washing is ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Probably not: Repair of a hydrocele should not cause a problem with sexual performance. Your surgeon should be able to give a clear idea of the risks and benefits o... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: Severe aortic stenosis with atrial fibrillation should at least be considered for surgery. If not a surgical candidate then considered for a new type ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Tough problem: I can't make recommendations, but diffuse small vessel disease can be tough to manage. Stents and bypasses to the heart need a minimum diameter and o... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
See cardiologist: You may have a family history of cardiac disease and you have a heart murmur. All good reasons to see a cardiologist to assess your risk factors. It'... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Potassium salt: Potassium chloride is medication that is often given to replace lost potassium. Potassium is a critical ingredient in the function of cells especially... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Shift in elec signal: Left axis deviation means the average direction of the electricity in your heart is shifted a little to the left. This can be normal but often indica... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Don't understand: These drugs are used in the treatment of hypothyroidism. I am assuming you mean are they effective in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. That is some... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Maybe: The usual recommend heart rate during workouts is about 60-70% of your max heart rate. Max hr is 220-age. So at 36. This would be 184. 70% of this is ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
See below: It is an infection of the eye caused by claydia trachomatis bacteria. It is also called granular conjuctivitis or egyptian opthalmia.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Go see doctor: Your symptoms while distressing are very nonspecific. The only way to figure it out is a detaied history and physical exam and then some tests. There ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Physical sign: A symptom is what a patient describes. A sign is what a doctor finds. Sometimes they can be the same thing. A wheeze is a sign that indicates spasm or... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
No: I am assuming you meant carotid artery disease. The only test that could give an idea would be the ct scan if it went into the neck. But the usual tes... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Go to ER now: If you think blood flow is cutoff then go to er now. Every minute counts. Go.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Extremely unlikely: The chance of a heart attack in a 25 y/o is very small. Cocaine abuse can potentially cause a heart attack. Also radiation treatment for cancer where ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Often nothing: It really depends on the amount of insufficiency. Therre are many people with mild insufficiency that never need anything done to their valves. If i... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Sometimes related : Mitral valve prolapse is a diagnosis which describes how the valve closes. A heart murmur is a physical finding (sign) it is not a diagnosis. A heart ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Musculoskeletal: It sounds like musculoskeletal pain. A lot of people don't realize that there are several joints associated with the ribs and breastbone. You could ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Lots of options: There are many places in the world with top notch heart surgery programs. Pretty much anywhere in the developed world. In fact many countries in europ... Read More
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Great and caring doctor. Up to date with skills.
I recommend this Physician
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Binford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I just t sent you the CD file. I look forward to your valuable opinion. Please let me know if any other info is needed as I have done other tests that I can send to you copies.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you foyor assistance. I do not have a heart murmur, thankfully, but I will discuss this with a specialist immediately.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Hope it's not any tumor or cancer. But if its muscle issue,It would take more than a month to heal?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
Graduated 1992MD

Medical/Graduate school

Texas A&M University
Graduated 1986MD

Medical/Graduate school

Texas A&M University
Graduated 1983MD

Residency

Medical University of South Carolina

Residency

Indiana University Hospital

Residency

Indiana University Hospital

Awards

Top Thoracic Surgeon , Third Place, National - Winter
2013
Top Thoracic Surgeon , First Place, Washington - Summer
2013
Top Thoracic Surgeon, First Place, Washington - Spring
2017

Affiliations

Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery
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