Open Heart Surgery

No two hearts are alike, so your treatment shouldn’t be either.

Whether you need coronary artery bypass surgery following a heart attack, or surgery to repair a damaged heart valve you need a doctor who understands your condition and your needs, and who has the tools and expertise to find the problem and fix it fast.

Experience & excellence

We’ve performed thousands of open-heart surgeries, which is one reason The Joint Commission ranks us among the best places in the nation for heart attack, heart failure and surgical care.

That means you not only get the fastest response for your condition, but you can also start rehab and recovery right from your hospital bed. We’ll stay with you from the day you’re admitted to your final day of recovery to ensure your heart stays strong and healthy for years to come.

Reasons for open heart surgery

When less invasive procedures aren’t an option, your doctor might recommend open heart surgery.

The most common open-heart surgeries are:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery

Before your surgery

Before you go in for open-heart surgery, your doctor will explain the procedure, ask you to sign a consent form, and offer you the opportunity to ask questions. Your doctor may also perform a physical exam and take a medical history to ensure you’re a good candidate for surgery.

During your surgery 

During your stay in the hospital, you’ll need general anesthesia for surgery. A breathing tube and ventilator will help you breathe, and the surgical team will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and blood oxygen level during the procedure.  

After surgery 

You’ll be taken to a recovery room or directly to the intensive care unit (ICU) immediately after surgery. You’ll be carefully observed until you are awake and able to breathe on your own.  

When your doctor determines you’re ready, you can move from the ICU to a postsurgical nursing unit, where you can gradually increase your activity by getting up and walking for short periods. 

You doctor will explain plans for your follow up visits. 

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