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Cardiothoracic Surgery


Cardiovascular surgeons who are part of Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute Physicians group are Board Certified Heart and Lung Surgeons with specialty training in minimally invasive procedures. They provide the most comprehensive modern, minimally invasive closed chest heart and lung surgery. Our surgeons are specialists in all the most modern surgical techniques which allows them to tailor the safest, most effective procedure for each patient.

Our physicians and surgeons use a cohesive team approach to deliver the highest quality of care to patients, in and out of the operating room. They have a long tradition of caring and working closely with their patients to help them maintain their optimum level of health and well-being.

Minimally invasive beating heart coronary bypass surgery: This type of surgery is performed through smaller incisions (about 3 to 4 inches long) instead of the 6- to 8-inch incision required for traditional surgery. In a beating-heart bypass procedure, the heart is not stopped and special devices are used to stabilize the part of the heart the surgeon is operating on.

The potential benefits of this combined approach include:

  • Smaller scars
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less risk of bleeding/blood transfusion
  • Less risk of neurological injury (including stroke and memory function)
  • Less risk of heart, liver, or kidney complications
  • Shorter recovery time

Minimally invasive valve repair and replacements: Minimally invasive procedures use smaller incisions and specialized instruments. Unlike traditional heart surgery, this approach in some cases allows the surgeon to avoid opening the breastbone or to split only a small portion. Potential benefits of this approach to repairing or replacing a heart valve include less pain, a decreased chance of infection and a shorter recovery time.

Hybrid heart procedures: These cardiac treatments combine conventional surgery (including a skin incision) with a catheter-based procedure (see cardiac catheterization). They may be performed all at one time or as separate, staged procedures (with a time gap between the procedures).

Surgical atrial fibrillation treatment: Atrial fibrillation results in an irregular heartbeat, loss of the contraction that causes the heart chamber to not fill properly, and abnormal blood flow through the heart. The goal of surgical treatment is to restore the heart rhythm and normal blood flow by creating barriers or scars that redirect electrical impulses. These can be made through various methods. One way is for a number of incisions to be made in the atria (an affected heart chamber) to disrupt its circuits. After the incisions are made, they are sewn back together. Alternatively, the circuits may be disrupted by freezing or with microwaves. The heart can then contract to push the blood through the body, but the electrical impulse cannot cross the incisions or scars. Since there is only one path that the electrical impulse can take, the normal rhythm of the heart is restored.