Open Heart Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Cardiothoracic surgeons from St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, complete the cardiac continuum of care offered to the Good Samaritan community. They have expertise in all types of heart surgery, from conventional, open heart bypass and off-pump coronary artery bypass, to the newest, minimally invasive valve procedures, including surgical techniques designed to treat certain cardiac arrhythmias, or irregular heart rhythms. The conditions treated include:

    Coronary artery disease
    Congenital heart disease
    Valve disease
    Aortic stenosis
    Aortic insufficiency
    Aortic and arch aneurysms
    Aortic dissections
    Mitral valve regurgitation
    Mitral valve stenosis
    Complex thoracic aortic disease
    Atrial fibrillation
    Atrial septal defects
    Congestive heart failure

Key Treatments

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: On- and Off-Pump

Coronary artery bypass graft is perhaps the best-known type of cardiac surgery. Using portions, or grafts, of a patient’s own veins or arteries, surgeons provide a new source of blood flow around blocked coronary arteries. In on-pump bypass surgery, the surgeon opens the patient’s chest, stops the heart, and places the patient on a heart-lung machine while the operation takes place. In the newer, minimal access, off-pump procedures, surgeons are able to operate directly on the beating heart.

Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery

Heart valve disease has potentially serious consequences for heart function, often blocking or reversing the natural flow of blood through the heart. To treat valve disease, surgeons either repair the patient's valve or replace it with a tissue or mechanical valve. Minimally invasive techniques are the preferred approach to valve repair surgery for appropriate candidates.

Atrial Fibrillation Surgery

An estimated two million Americans live with arrhythmias. Atrial fibrillation is a form of arrhythmia that can lead to stroke, congestive heart failure or cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart. In addition to treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, Good Samaritan also offers the latest minimally invasive surgical treatments to restore proper heart rhythm function.