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Open Heart Surgery

Open heart surgery involves surgery on the heart and/or its vessels and is performed by a Cardiac Surgeon. It is done to treat complications of heart disease, correct congenital heart disease, or treat valvular disease. We have eight operating rooms at Atrium, two of which are specifically designated for open heart surgery.

John Miller, MD discusses Understanding Open Heart Surgery. Click play or read the transcript.

In addition, procedural images are easily accessible throughout the entire Atrium Cardiac Unit, from the Cardiac Cath Lab to the operating room. This helps to ensure that our surgeons are using the most recent images available to prepare for each patient’s open heart surgery. 

The most common types of open heart surgery performed at Atrium are described below.

Types of Open Heart Surgery

  • Coronary Bypass Grafting
  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement 

Coronary Bypass Grafting
Coronary bypass grafting is a surgical procedure performed to relieve angina (i.e., chest pain) and reduce the risk of death from cardiac artery disease. In coronary bypass, arteries or veins from elsewhere in the patient’s body are grafted to the coronary artery to bypass narrow passages and improve blood supply to the heart muscle.

Scot W. Denmark, MD, FACS - What is Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting? Click play or read the transcript.

Heart Valve Repair or Replacement
Heart valve repair or replacement procedures correct stenosis (i.e., narrowing) or mitral valve leakage. Sometimes these conditions can be repaired. In such cases, a severely damaged valve is replaced with a mechanical valve. The damaged valve may be repaired or removed and a new valve sewn into place.

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