About Heart & Lung Surgery
Cardiothoracic surgery, the surgical treatment of diseases affecting the heart and lungs, is performed in state-of-the-art surgical suites at HealthPark Medical Center and Gulf Coast Medical Center. Our specialized surgical team, led by the area's premier and most experienced cardiovascular surgeons is on call 24 hours a day to provide immediate care when necessary.
Surgical procedures include:
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
When blood vessels to the heart are narrowed and block the flow of blood and oxygen, a patient may require coronary artery bypass grafting, or CABG. The surgery reroutes a vein from the leg, an artery from the forearm, or an artery that runs under the chest wall, bypassing the blockage to the heart.
- Valve Surgery
Diseased heart valves can be repaired or replaced. Whenever possible, it is repaired. The mitral valve is most commonly repaired, the aortic valve is the most commonly replaced valve.
Minimally invasive heart valve surgery enables a surgeon to replace or repair a valve using smaller incisions on the side of the chest. This results in less bleeding, lower wound complication rates, less pain, shorter hospital stay, and allows the patient to return to their normal activities in much less time.
The valve operation is the same as when performed through the traditional sternotomy approach but just through a different incision.
- Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
Atrial ablation is a heart surgery performed in isolation or at the same time as a coronary artery bypass grafting or valve surgery. Surgeons use an energy source to neutralize electrical pathways in the heart that trigger the atrial fibrillation.
- Lung Cancer Surgery
Lobectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the tumor and the section of the lung in which the tumor is located, is the most common surgical procedure performed for lung cancer. During the procedure additional lymph nodes will be removed to determine whether or not the disease has spread.
A less invasive surgical approach, called video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery or VATS, is appropriate for some patients. It enables the surgeon to remove the section of the lung where the tumor is located through a smaller incision, providing patients with less pain, fewer complications and faster recovery.