Cardiac Tumor Resection and Reconstruction

Cardiac tumor resection is the removal of a tumor from the heart. The resection will also remove some of the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. Reconstruction surgery may also be needed if a large area is affected.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • Pain not controlled by the medicine given
    • Leg swelling
    • Fever
    • Severe depression
    • Shortness of breath
    • Signs of a heart attack:
      • Squeezing sensation or pressure in the chest
      • Radiating pain in one or both arms, neck, back, or jaw
      • Shortness of breath
      • Lightheadedness
      • Nausea
    • Squeezing sensation or pressure in the chest
    • Radiating pain in one or both arms, neck, back, or jaw
    • Shortness of breath
    • Lightheadedness
    • Nausea
    • Signs of a stroke:
      • Drooping or numbness in the face
      • Arm weakness
      • Difficulty speaking
    • Drooping or numbness in the face
    • Arm weakness
    • Difficulty speaking

    If you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Cardiac tumor resection is the removal of a tumor from the heart. The resection will also remove some of the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor.

    Reconstruction surgery may also be needed if a large area is affected.

    Anatomy of the Heart
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  • Possible Complications

    Your doctor will review potential problems from the procedure, like:

    • Heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Damage to the heart, lungs, or other organs
    • Excess bleeding
    • Blood clots
    • Adverse reaction to anesthesia such as lightheadedness, low blood pressure, or wheezing
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Infection
    • Soreness in throat

    Factors that may increase the risk of problems include:

    • Smoking or alcoholism
    • Chronic conditions such as kidney disease or diabetes
    • Obesity

    Talk to your doctor about these risks before the procedure.

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Tumors can interfere with the surrounding healthy tissue. This can lead to heart failure, blockage of blood flow, problems with the heart valves, or blood clots.

    Benign tumors can often be treated successfully with just surgery.

    The surgery may be only part of the treatment of cancerous tumors. Treatment for these may also involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or both.

  • What to Expect