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Heart Surgery

This video takes you through the experience of having open heart surgery at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. From admission to recovery, learn what to expect, how you will feel, and what your life will be like at home.

At Providence Sacred Heart, the best in cardiac care and heart surgery is available for patients in Spokane of all ages … even the tiniest newborn.

Whether you’re having a procedure in our Cath Lab, surgery in one of our Operating Rooms or minimally invasive surgery utilizing one our daVinci™ surgical robots, you are in the hands of experts who are setting the standard for cardiac care.

Our teams of specialists, right here in Spokane, perform everything from open heart surgery, heart valve repair, and heart bypass surgery to the latest techniques in closed-chest, minimally invasive heart surgeries—some with robotic assistance. We also have the region's only team of surgeons who perform heart transplants and implant mechanical heart pumps.

Amazing technology; amazing staff. All here in Spokane to make sure that your heart surgery and recovery at Sacred Heart is extraordinarily safe and effective, and gets you back on your feet and on with your life.

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Heart Surgery

“Minimally-invasive surgery” is the technical term for surgery requiring a few very small “keyhole” ports rather than large incisions and it leaves the breastbone intact. Sacred Heart’s cardiac surgeons are offering it to people who like the idea of having heart problems fixed without all the extra downtime or the classic “zipper” scar, such as:

  • Mitral valve repair
  • Bypass surgeries (“CABG” or coronary artery bypass graft)
  • Atrial septal defects

Not all patients are candidates. Minimally-invasive surgeries are focused on one area and not intended for combination procedures. For example, a patient who needs multiple bypasses or a valve repair in addition to a bypass surgery would not be able to have minimally-invasive heart surgery.

Other factors that may limit a patient’s options and require a standard open-chest surgery include patients who have peripheral vascular disease and those who are very obese. Ask your doctor what procedure is best for you.

Some heart surgeries can be performed with the assistance of a daVinci™ surgical robot.

Heart Transplant

The Inland Northwest Thoracic Organ Transplant and Mechanical Heart Program provides extensive care for the most critical heart patients, those who suffer from end-stage heart disease. We are committed to serving patients through the entire process of preparing for and going home from heart transplants.

Mechanical Heart Program

Commonly referred to as ventricular assist devices, or VADs, LVAD or RVAD, mechanical hearts can be utilized to improve quality and length of life for patients with the most severe heart conditions or heart disease.