Cardiothoracic surgeons specialize in procedures involving the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest. At St. Bernards, our cardiothoracic surgeons have more options at their disposal to ensure you receive the surgery technique best for your situation. This includes access to state-of-the-art surgical facilities and surgical options like the daVinci robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive surgery, or open-heart procedures.
St. Bernards cardiothoracic surgeons perform a wide range of procedures including:
- Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABS): A procedure that takes a healthy blood vessel from your leg, arm, or chest and grafts it to a blocked area of your heart, allowing blood flow to be rerouted around the blockage. Depending on the diagnosis and the patient, CABG can be performed with traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery, or by using the DaVinci robot.
- Endovascular stent-graft: A minimally invasive procedure using a stent to treat abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms.
- Pericardiectomy: A pericardiectomy is used to prevent fluid from building up in the area between your heart and pericardium, which is the membrane covering your heart. This condition is often seen in patients who have chronic pericarditis.
- TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement): TAVR is an advanced surgery used to replace the aortic valve when it becomes worn out or damaged. It involves replacing the damaged valve with a new valve by inserting a catheter in the groin or through a small incision in the chest wall.