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Surgical Treatments

Skilled surgeons at the Reid Heart Center perform over 500 heart surgeries a year including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), which may be required in arteries that are blocked or narrowed and can’t be successfully treated with angioplasty and stenting.

Many surgical procedures at Reid Heart Center are minimally invasive. They mimic the traditional form of surgery however, as a less invasive approach, they translate into less pain, limited blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery for the patient. Our team of cardiothoracic surgeons consults with patients on minimally invasive procedures and if they are right for you.

There are many different types of heart surgery and they may be used to:

  • Repair or replace the valves that control blood flow through the heart's chambers
  • Bypass or widen blocked or narrowed arteries to the heart
  • Repair aneurysms, or bulges in the aorta, which can be deadly if they burst
  • Treat atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart rhythm disturbance
  • Implant devices to regulate heart rhythms
  • Destroy small amounts of tissue that disturb electrical flow through the heart
  • Make channels in the heart muscle to allow blood from a heart chamber directly into the heart muscle
  • Boost the heart's pumping power with muscles taken from the back or abdomen

Heart surgeries performed at Reid Heart Center include:

Aortic Valve Repair & Replacement AorticValve Repair or Replacement is performed in an open-heart procedure using a mechanical valve, a valve harvested from a donated human heart, or one made from a combination of artificial materials and tissues from a pig or cow.

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Atherectomy
Atherectomy can be used to open arteries without surgery. There are several different devices that can be threaded through blood vessels to the site of a narrowing or occlusion. Once there, these devices remove the obstruction so that blood flow is restored. For more information on visit our e-health library.

Carotid endarterectomy
Carotid endarterectomy can be used to open arteries without surgery. There are several different devices that can be threaded through blood vessels to the site of a narrowing vessel. Once there, these devices remove the obstruction so that blood flow is restored. For more information on visit our e-health library.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft and Off-Pump Bypass
A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is a surgery to restore blood flow to the heart muscle. This is done by using blood vessels from other parts of your body to make a new route for blood to flow around blocked coronary (heart) arteries. Off-pump procedures do not require stopping the patient’s heart and placing them on a pump.

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Endoscopic Vein Harvesting
This procedure uses veins from other parts of the body, usually the legs, to replace arteries that are diseased.

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Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair - In an endovascular AAA repair, doctors place a strong, tube that can bend inside your aorta. The doctor makes two small incisions near each hip to get to the femoral arteries. The doctors then slide the endograft through these blood vessels and into the aorta. When the endograft is in the right position it opens up and seals off the aneurysm.

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Mitral Valve Repair & Replacement
Mitral Valve Repair or Replacement is performed in an open-heart procedure using a mechanical valve, a valve harvested from a donated human heart, or one made from a combination of artificial materials and tissues from a pig or cow.

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Left-Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
This device is a mechanical pump that is implanted in your chest to temporarily assist heart function while the patient awaits a transplant.

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Revascularization 
Revascularization is a surgical process for restoring blocked blood flow to organs. It may also involve images, such as MRI, PET, CT and X-ray fluoroscopy.

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