Services and Treatments

Our cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons are experienced in procedures that treat diseases of the heart and lungs, including:

Cardiac Surgery

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) - This surgery reroutes, or bypasses, blood around clogged arteries to improve blood flow and oxygen to the heart.
    • Traditional - In traditional bypass surgery, your surgeon makes an incision down the center of your sternum, or breastbone, to get direct access to your heart. You are connected to a heart-lung bypass machine, which allows for the circulation of blood throughout the body during surgery. Your heart is stopped, and the surgeon then performs the bypass procedure. After surgery, the surgeon closes the breastbone with special sternal wires and the chest with special internal or traditional external stitches.
    • Off-Pump - Off-pump surgery allows surgeons to perform surgery on your heart while it is still beating. Your surgeon uses advanced operating equipment to stabilize portions of the heart and to bypass the blocked artery in a highly controlled operative environment. Meanwhile, the rest of the heart keeps pumping and circulating blood to the body.
    • Endoscopic Vein Harvesting - Endoscopic vein harvesting is a minimally invasive procedure to remove the saphenous vein (which is used as a bypass graft) from the leg.
  • Valve Surgery (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid)
    • Valve Repair - Valve repair is the mending of your own valve to help it work better. A man-made ring may be sewn around the opening of the valve to tighten it. Other parts of the valve may be cut, shortened, separated or strengthened to help the valve open and close better.
    • Valve Replacement - Valve replacement is the surgical replacement of a damaged valve due to stenosis (when the valve does not open fully) or insufficiency, also called regurgitation (when the valve does not close tightly). Four different types of valve replacement may be done depending on patient’s age, lifestyle, health and life expectancy.
  • Hybrid Maze Procedure - The hybrid maze procedure is a minimally invasive surgical intervention that cures atrial fibrillation by interrupting the circular electrical patterns responsible for this arrhythmia. The procedure is performed in two stages. A cardiac surgeon performs the first stage, and a specially trained cardiologist, known as an electrophysiologist, performs the second stage. This procedure is less invasive than traditional atrial fibrillation procedures and offers you a shorter recovery time.

  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm - The part of your aorta that runs through the chest is called the thoracic aorta. When a weak area of the thoracic aorta expands or bulges, it is called a thoracic aortic aneurysm. Thoracic aortic aneurysms are serious health risks, because they can burst or rupture. Thoracic aortic aneurysms can be treated in a number of ways, depending on the severity of the aneurysm. If it is small and not causing symptoms, your physician might recommend “watchful waiting.” This means that you will be routinely monitored for changes in your aneurysm. If your aneurysm is larger and causing symptoms, surgery may be needed.

Thoracic Surgery

  • Lung Resection - Lung resection is surgery to repair or remove a portion of the lung.

  • Lung Biopsy - A lung biopsy involves the removal of a small portion of the lung to check for disease.

  • Mediastinoscopy - In a mediastinoscopy, an instrument is inserted into the neck to help your surgeon better see the structure of the lungs.

  • Lung Pleurodesis - Lung pleurodesisis is a procedure done to adhere the membranes around the lung together to prevent the buildup of fluid between tissue.

  • Lung Decortication - Lung decortication is a surgical peeling of the lining of the lung to improve lung expansion.

  • Bleb Resection/Stapling - Bleb resection/stapling involves the stapling of a bubble on the lung surface to prevent leakage and improve lung function.

  • Pericardial Window - A pericardial window is an opening made between the ribs to drain fluid that has accumulated around the heart.

  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) - VATS is surgery on the lungs that is performed with the aid of an endoscope.

  • VATS Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Palm Disease) - During a thoracoscopic sympathectomy, the surgeon severs and seals the right-hand side of the sympathetic nerve to alleviate excessive sweating.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

Our cardiothoracic surgeons can graft a healthy blood vessel onto your heart to improve the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle, which may boost your strength and stamina.

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Aortic Aneurysm Repair and Replacement

Our doctors are skilled in the latest surgical options for replacing and repairing aneurysms, or weak spots, in your aorta, the body’s main artery. Your aneurysm could rupture if not repaired.

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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Our cardiothoracic surgeons can repair heart problems involving valves and abnormal or damaged structures. We also can implant devices to control your heartbeat and support blood flow.

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Complex Neonatal Congenital Heart Surgery

Our physicians and medical staff use a team approach that involves you in the decision-making process about the best treatment for your newborn's condition.

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Heart Valve Repair

Our cardiologists may recommend minimally invasive surgery to repair rather than replace your heart valve. Repair may better preserve your heart function and improve your lifestyle and longevity.

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Commissurotomy

If one of your heart valves is too narrow, our cardiovascular team may recommend this repair option for improving your blood flow and relieving your fatigue and shortness of breath.

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Valvuloplasty

Using minimally invasive surgery, we will insert a catheter and balloon into your heart to open a stiff or narrowing heart valve, restoring blood flow and avoiding open heart surgery.

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Heart Valve Replacement

Our cardiologists are experienced in replacing leaking or malfunctioning heart valves to relieve your chest pain and fatigue and help you return to your normal activities.

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Inpatient Cardiology

If you are having any signs of a heart attack, you should see our doctors immediately. We may admit you to the hospital to make sure you receive the most thorough, individualized care.

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Minimally Invasive Cardiology Surgery

Our cardiologists are experts in the latest minimally invasive options for treating your heart disease, offering treatment with less pain, scarring and recovery time than traditional open heart surgery.

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Outpatient Cardiology

Our cardiologists can perform many procedures for testing and treating your heart on an outpatient basis to help you avoid unnecessary hospital stays.

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Aneurysm Repair

Our cardiologists are skilled in the latest surgical options for repairing aneurysms, or weak spots in your aorta, the body’s main artery. Your aneurysm could rupture if not repaired.

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Endovascular Repair

Our cardiovascular surgeons may use this minimally invasive procedure to repair aneurysms, or weak spots, in your aorta, the body’s main artery. An aneurysm may rupture if not repaired.

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Post-Open Heart Surgery or Coronary Artery

Your response to open heart surgery and other major coronary artery procedures will be individual. We will monitor your condition closely following surgery and regularly after you return home.

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Aortobifemoral Bypass

Our board-certified vascular surgeons can bypass diseased sections of blood vessels in your abdomen and provide improved blood circulation to your legs by performing an aortobifemoral bypass.

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