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Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Technology at Its Finest

Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons work with our surgical team to perform over 500 procedures a year. We offer cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, and thoracic/lung surgeries at The Heart Hospital and at Deaconess Hospital.

Prior to the day of surgery, patients are scheduled for Surgical Pre-Admission Testing and Education activities. During surgery,our experienced surgical team uses the most technologically advanced methods and equipment to ensure optimal results. After Surgery, patients continue to benefit from the services of our multidisciplinary team. Nurses, dietitians, respiratory therapists, rehabilitation specialists, case managers, social workers and providers of pastoral services may participate in patient care.

Surgical Procedures

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

  • Off-Pump (Beating Heart) Coronary Bypass, a surgery that uses a high-tech stabilizing device to still a precise area of operation. It allows patients to forego cardiopulmonary support (connection to a heart-lung machine). 
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, a technique that reduces the size of the surgical incision, lessens blood loss, and shortens the length of the hospital stay.
  • Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization (TMR), to relieve symptoms of severe angina in patients with inoperable heart disease. 
  • Endovascular Vein Harvesting, a minimally invasive way to obtain a healthy vein used for coronary artery bypass surgery, offering less pain and quicker recovery.

Peripheral Vascular Surgery

  • Femoral Popliteal Bypass (Fem-Pop Bypass), to restore blood flow to the legs and relieve symptoms of intermittent claudication.
  • Femoral Tibial Bypass (Fem-Tib Bypass), used to restore blood flow to the legs.
  • Carotid Endartectomy, for removal of plaque from the carotid artery to restore blood flow to the brain, thereby reducing the risk of stroke.

Aneurysm Repair

  • Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair, an advanced procedure that minimizes risks and allows faster recovery.
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Repair, to correct an aneurysm in the thoracic aorta, the part of the aorta that runs through the chest.

Heart Valve Surgery

  • Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement, to repair mitral regurgitation, mitral stenosis or mitral valve prolapse.
  • Aortic Valve Repair/Replacement, to treat aortic regurgitation or aortic stenosis.
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair/Replacement, to treat tricuspid atresia, tricuspid regurgitation or Ebstein's anomaly.
  • Pulmonary Valve Repair Replacement, to treat pulmonary atresia or pulmonary stenosis.
  • Atrial-Septal Defect Repair, to eliminate a hole between the atria, the upper two chambers of the heart.
  • Arrythmia Corrective Surgery Maze Procedure, to treat atrial fibrillation.

Thoracic Lung Surgery

  • Lung Surgery to treat cancer, benign tumors, long-term infection, collapsed lung tissue, permanently enlarged airways, and permanently dilated sections of lung.

Left Ventricular Assist Devices

  • LVAD to allow the heart to recover strength until a patient undergoes cardiac transplant.