Cardiovascular Surgical Services
One of our most common heart surgeries is coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), including off-pump surgery.
Coronary artery bypass graft surgery is one of the most effective procedures to treat blockage of blood to the heart. Providence surgeons have performed thousands of successful bypass surgeries and consistently achieve the highest rate of positive outcomes in the region.
Our surgeons perform most of their bypass surgeries off-pump (without the heart-lung machine), which allows them to operate on the beating heart. Off-pump surgery has been found to lower the risk of bleeding, stroke and renal failure, leading to a faster recovery. It also reduces mortality rates in high-risk and female bypass patients.
Endoscopic Vein Harvesting
Our surgeons offer endoscopic vein harvesting as a part of bypass surgery. The vein is usually ‘harvested’ from the patient’s own leg. This tissue is then used to help repair the heart. Using endoscopic techniques for vein harvesting reduces the risk of complications.
Heart Valve Repair Replacement
Heart valve repair and replacement are other common surgeries, although about 70 percent of our mitral valve surgeries involve repair, rather than replacement — and the valve surgeries performed at Providence utilize the latest minimally invasive techniques, which means safer surgeries and faster recoveries for our patients. When repair isn’t an option, our surgeons use mechanical or tissue valves, depending on the patient’s age and other health considerations. Heart valve repairs and replacements include mitral valve repair, mitral valve replacement, aortic valve replacement and tricuspid valve repair and replacement.
Our surgeons use the MAZE procedure, most frequently performed as part of cardiac surgery for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (A-FIB). The surgeon uses radio waves to create scar tissue, blocking the abnormal electrical signals that cause the arrhythmia.
Pericardiectomy, another commonly performed surgery, is the removal of part of the membrane surrounding the heart, called the pericardium. This surgery is used for pericarditis, an inflammation and build –up of fluid around the heart, resulting in shortness of breath, pain and a decrease in the heart’s ability to pump blood.