About heart surgery
According to the National Institutes of Health, the first successful open-heart operation on a person using a heart-lung machine was performed in Philadelphia in May 1953. This medical breakthrough launched a world of possibilities for saving lives.
More than 65 years later, heart care has continued to evolve and improve. Medical science knows vastly more about the heart and circulatory system. Diagnostic imaging – from X-rays to MRIs to echocardiograms – has gone digital. And surgeons now have an amazing array of tools, technology and techniques that were previously unimaginable.
Cardiovascular surgery at the Pikeville Heart & Vascular Institute
Pikeville Medical Center is part of the proud history of heart treatment. Through the years, we’ve built state-of-the-art facilities, recruited expert physicians and staff, and invested in the most advanced equipment. Today, patients have more personalized options instead of a standard, one-size-fits-all approach.
Cardiac surgery is used to correct problems in the heart muscle and tissues, arteries, aorta, valves and other structures of the chest. While traditional open-heart surgery is still the best approach for many, increasing numbers of cardiac patients are able to take advantage of the newer, minimally- invasive methods performed by our team.
For appropriate patients, these newer techniques mean smaller incisions, less blood loss, less pain, shorter hospital stays, quicker recoveries and smaller, less noticeable scars.
Minimally-invasive cardiac surgeries at Pikeville Medical Center include:
- Minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Minimally invasive single coronary bypass surgery
- Minimally invasive mitral valve repair
- Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
- Minimally invasive & hybrid coronary artery bypass graft procedures
- Minimally invasive maze procedures for abnormal heart rhythms
- Aortic, mitral & tricuspid valve surgeries performed with the Da Vinci Xi surgical system
Which patients are most appropriate for minimally-invasive heart surgery?
Not everyone is a good candidate for minimally-invasive or newer surgical techniques. Whenever possible, patients and their families should discuss options with their surgeon.
Some factors that are considered in the planning of a surgery:
- Urgency – in an emergency situation, time is imperative. This can affect which surgeon is available and/or the preparation time.
- Age and health status of the patient.
- Comorbidities – other health conditions and factors that can affect the surgery and recovery.
- The problem or problems to be fixed.
- Ability to tolerate anesthesia.
- Patient anatomy – each person has slight differences in the size and placement of their body parts, which can affect the surgical approach.
Our cardiothoracic surgical team
If you or a loved one requires heart surgery, the Pikeville Medical Center cardiothoracic team welcomes the opportunity to discuss your needs and determine the approach that best meets them. The members of that team include: