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Cardiothoracic surgery (heart surgery) corrects problems with the heart. In the United States, more than half a million heart surgeries are performed each year for a variety of heart problems. We offer the most advanced cardiac procedures in the Valley including:
|Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery|
Beating-Heart Surgery is a way to perform surgery without stopping the heart. Surgeons use a special device to stabilize the part of the heart on which they are operating. The heart continues to beat and circulate blood to the heart muscle during the operation. Surgery on a beating-heart helps reduce the risk for complications associated with temporarily stopping the heart during surgery.
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery is sometimes called “cabbage” (CABG). The surgery reroutes or “bypasses” blood around clogged arteries to improve blood flow and oxygen to the heart. CABG is advised for selected groups of patients with significant narrowing’s and blockages of the heart arteries (coronary artery disease). CABG surgery creates new routes around narrowed and blocked arteries, allowing sufficient blood flow to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle.
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft is a minimally invasive alternative for patients who need cardiac bypass surgery. This innovative technique uses only a small, 3-inch incision underneath the patient’s breast – avoiding the bone.
With this type of surgery, recovery is less painful, healing is faster, there are fewer physical restrictions after surgery, there’s no risk of sternal wound infection and the scar is smaller and much less visible. Patients often report returning to normal activities within days versus weeks with conventional surgery. The use of the Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Graft is based on a number of factors. Not everyone is a candidate.
Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
The wait to receive or qualify for a heart transplant can be difficult. However, as a part of our comprehensive Heart Failure program, there is a solution that provides life-changing outcomes. Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), with its revolutionary component, the lightweight and easy-to-use HeartMate II, supports heart function, increasing long-term survival by 6 times and bringing your quality of life back to normal. Although most often used by qualified and waiting heart-transplant patients, these devices can also offer relief to patients with advanced heart failure. Contact our LVAD coordinator to see if you are a candidate: (559) 459-LVAD (1823). Read the brochure.
MAZE Heart Surgery
MAZE takes approximately four hours, but can range from three to five hours. The heart is stopped for the surgery, and a heart-lung machine oxygenates and circulates the blood throughout the body. The surgeon places, and then sutures, incisions in both atria to isolate and stop the abnormal electrical impulses from forming and to direct the impulses down a normal pathway. Once the procedure is completed and the surgical team is satisfied that the heart is beating strongly again, the heart-lung machine is disconnected. The chest incisions are then closed.
Pacemaker and Defibrillator Implants
New technology and advances in surgical techniques have made biventricular pacing possible. This breakthrough has improved patient outcomes and quality of life, in many cases, beyond what could be achieved without the enhanced capacity to synchronize the two ventricles.
Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization (TMR)
TMR is a treatment aimed at improving blood flow to areas of the heart that were not treated by angioplasty or surgery. A special carbon dioxide laser creates small channels in the heart muscle, improving blood flow in the heart. TMR is a surgical procedure performed through a small left chest incision or through a midline incision. Frequently, it is performed with coronary artery bypass surgery, but occasionally it is performed independently.