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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Highly-Personalized & Innovative Care

Cardiothoracic surgeons are diversely trained and highly experienced in heart and chest surgery. Their high-level of skill allows them to operate on the heart, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm, blood vessels, and other organs in the chest. These physicians have a higher level of education and offer a degree of expertise found only in the most advanced of hospitals.

The cardiac surgeons on our medical staff are experts in traditional open heart surgeries; however, they are also leaders in innovative procedures such as minimally invasive techniques. Utilizing these newer techniques allow our surgeons to operate on patients who have traditionally been ineligible due to age or a health condition. Minimally invasive procedures require smaller incisions and typically allow you to recover more quickly than with traditional open-heart surgery. Some of the other benefits of minimally invasive techniques may include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Less (and smaller) scarring
  • Quicker return to normal activity
  • Fewer complications
  • Decreased risk of infection

A wide range of techniques and procedures are offered throughout our facilities to treat some of the most complex of cases including:

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, including traditional surgery, robotic minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB), and Thoracoscopic CABG
A surgical procedure that diverts the flow of blood around a section of a blocked or partially blocked artery in your heart. During this procedure, a healthy blood vessel is taken from your leg, arm or chest and connected to the other arteries in your heart so that blood bypasses the diseased or blocked area.

Endovascular Stent Graft
An endovascular stent graft is a woven fabric tube wrapped around a metal stent used to treat aortic aneurysms. Known as a stent-graft device, this minimally invasive approach is most commonly used to treat abdominal & thoracic aortic aneurysms.

To determine if you are a candidate for endovascular stent graft, your physician will perform a history and physical examination. You may also undergo some tests to evaluate your heart health as well as the size, shape and location of your aneurysm. These tests may include:

Angiogram – An X-ray of blood vessels to identify blockage; it is performed by inserting a tube into an artery in the leg and injecting a contrast dye into the artery

CT scan (computed tomography scan) – An imaging procedure that uses X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional, detailed images of the body, including bones, muscles, fat and organs

Esophagectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part of the tube between your mouth and stomach (esophagus) and then reconstruct it using part of another organ, usually the stomach. This is a common treatment for advanced esophageal cancer and is used occasionally for Barrett's esophagus if precancerous cells are present.

A pericardiectomy is performed for chronic pericarditis (inflammation of the sac-like covering around the heart) and involves removing the membrane that surrounds the heart. This is done so chronic fluid does not accumulate in the area between the heart and pericardium, which can squeeze the heart and cause it not to function properly.

Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) is surgery to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), usually in the palms or face. During this procedure, the surgeon inserts a tiny camera called an endoscope into the chest to turn off the nerve signals controlling the sweating.

A thoracotomy can be conducted with or without a videoscope to:

  • Confirm the diagnosis of lung cancer.
  • Remove a lung cancer.
  • Remove scar tissue or fix an air leak in your lung.

This surgery is more effective in the early-stages when the lung cancer can be completely removed and the cancer has not spread to lymph nodes or outside the chest cavity.

During a thorascopy, an endoscope is inserted through an incision while the patient is under anesthesia to visually examine the lungs, the area between the lungs and the membrane covering the lungs. The procedure allows the surgeon to obtain a tissue sample for diagnosis so the appropriate treatment can be planned with your care team.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure replaces the aortic valve with a bioprosthetic valve (cow valve) through a small tube (catheter) in the patient’s groin, or through a small incision in the chest wall–either of which are performed without opening the chest wall as would traditionally be done in open-heart surgery. Recovery is much faster, with most patients recovering in a few weeks – with an average hospital stay of two to four days.


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