When medication and other heart treatments do not relieve your symptoms, heart surgery may be your only option for a range of heart conditions. More than half a million heart surgeries are done each year in the United States for a variety of heart problems.
Cardiac surgery is a surgery on the heart and/or major blood vessels. It is done to treat complications of heart disease, correct congenital heart disease, or treat valvular heart disease.
A cardiac surgeon is a surgeon who performs cardiac surgery. Traditional heart surgery, often called open heart surgery, is done by opening the chest wall to operate on the heart. Almost always, the chest is opened by cutting through a patient's breastbone. Once the heart is exposed, the patient is connected to a heart-lung bypass machine. The machine takes over the pumping action of the heart. This allows surgeons to operate on a still heart.
A heart-lung machine (also called cardiopulmonary bypass) is usually used during conventional open heart surgery. It helps provide oxygen-rich blood to the brain and other vital organs.
Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center
Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery (sometimes called laparoscopic surgery) is done through small incisions. Using specialized techniques and equipment Premier Health surgeons are able to perform surgery through an incision that requires only a stitch or two to close.
Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital
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Content Updated: October 1, 2013