For some people, open-heart surgery is the best option to treat their cardiovascular conditions. Patients in need of this treatment can take confidence in the skill and expertise of the surgeons and medical staff at The Heart and Vascular Center, who have performed more than 2,000 open-heart surgeries. The large suites have the latest in monitoring and surgical equipment, which maximizes patient safety and comfort as well as ensures the best possible outcomes for patients.

In addition to the most advanced equipment, Capital Regional provides the community with state-of-the-art open-heart procedures including endoscopic vein harvesting. For patients with advanced heart disease, experienced physicians who are board-certified perform surgical interventions at Capital Regional Medical Center. The surgical team also includes nurses and technicians with advanced training and certification in their respective fields, all dedicated to the philosophy of individualized patient care. The team is constantly searching for new ways to raise the bar with complication and mortality rates, as well as shortening hospital stay and recovery time. Thanks to the combination of state-of-the-art technology, expertise and compassionate care, patients of The Heart & Vascular Center can rely on surgeons, nurses and technicians to help them get better and back to their live. While some patients have a single cardiac surgery, others need more than one type of procedure. Surgeons routinely perform combination procedures for patients of The Heart & Vascular Center.

Cardiac Procedures

This procedure, often called CABG, is a type of surgery that improves blood flow to the heart. It's used for people who have severe coronary artery disease. The blood flow has been blocked by the build-up of a substance called plaque inside the arteries. During CABG, surgeons harvest a healthy artery or vein from the body and graft or connect it to the blocked coronary artery. The grafted artery or vein bypasses the blocked portion of the artery. Using best practice methods, our team has achieved complication rates significantly better than the national average and has reduced the time patients are on the heart-lung machine to levels well below the national average. A reduced time on the heart-lung machine is linked to improved outcomes and faster recovery following CABG surgery.

Blood is pumped through your heart in only one direction. Heart valves play a key role in this one-way blood flow, opening and closing with each heartbeat. When valves are diseased and not functioning properly, surgery is often needed to repair or replace the valves. There are 4 valves in the heart – aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic. Most valve surgeries are done to repair or replace the mitral or aortic valves. These valves are on the left side of the heart, which works harder than the right. They control the flow of oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the rest of the body. At Capital Regional, surgery is performed for patients with disorders of all of the heart's valves. Comparing patient outcome data to national benchmarks reveals a high level of quality in valve surgery at Capital Regional with mortality rates, complication rates and length of state significantly better than the national average. As in CABG surgery, valve surgery patients also benefit from the lesser amount of time on the heart lung machine.

For a referral to a cardiologist or internist on staff at Capital Regional Medical Center Visit our Physician Directory or call (850) 325-3627.