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Heart, Lung and Vascular Surgery

Our skilled heart, lung and vascular surgeons offer a variety of procedures to treat many conditions.

Heart Surgery

We perform a full range of heart procedures, including bypass surgery, aneurysm repair and heart valve replacement.

Bypass Surgery

Bypass surgery, or coronary artery surgery, is a treatment for coronary artery disease, which occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart become hardened and narrow.

Bypass surgery improves the blood flow to the heart with a new route, or "bypass," around a section of clogged or diseased artery. During the surgery, veins or arteries are taken from other parts of the body and used to construct new connections around the blocked arteries of the heart.

Coronary bypass surgery has proved safe and effective for many patients who have the procedure. Patients can expect to stay in the hospital for about a week after surgery, including at least one to three days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Your doctor may also recommend that you participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program. These programs are designed to help you make lifestyle changes like starting a new diet and exercise program, quitting smoking and learning to deal with stress.

Aneurysm Repair

An aneurysm is a widening, or ballooning, of a blood vessel caused by a weakness in the artery walls. The widening can increase to the point of rupture, which can result in death if it happens in a major artery, such as the aorta. We provide traditional surgery and a minimally invasive option called endovascular stent grafting for repairing certain aneurysms that occur in the aorta (abdominal aortic aneurysms).

During surgical repair, an incision is made in the abdomen and the widened portion of the aorta is cut out and replaced with a synthetic graft.

For the minimally invasive option, a small incision is made in the groin and a tube is threaded into the femoral artery up to the aneurysm. The synthetic graft is then positioned so that it sits inside the aneurysm and protects the aorta from further expansion.

Heart Valve Surgery

There are four valves in the heart that each play an important role in circulating blood throughout the body. Diseased heart valves may need to be surgically repaired or replaced, especially the aortic valve and mitral valve.

Aortic Valve Surgery

The aortic valve separates the heart and the aorta, the largest artery of the body. The aortic valve opens up to allow blood to flow out of the heart and then closes to keep it from returning to the heart.

Surgery may be needed if the aortic valve does not close all the way, which allows blood to leak back into the heart. This is a called aortic regurgitation.

Surgery may also be needed if the valve does not open properly and blood flow out of the heart is reduced. This is called aortic stenosis.

Mitral Valve Surgery

The mitral valve keeps blood flowing between two of the heart chambers, the left atrium and left ventricle. If the valve becomes hardened, blood may not be able to move forward through the valve. If the valve is too loose, blood may be able to flow backwards. In either case, surgery may be needed to repair or replace the valve.

Lung Surgery

Our surgeons perform a variety of surgical procedures on the lungs, including biopsies for lung disease, removal of infected portions of the lung, cancer operations and lung volume reduction surgery, which is used in certain cases of emphysema when the patient can no longer breathe properly.

Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery is utilized in various areas of the body, such as the legs, kidneys or the arms to bypass blocked arteries or to remedy blockages from various arteries in order to prevent stroke, kidney failure or loss of extremities. This also includes the repair or removal of aneurysms.