The Value of Experienced Care
At the Lourdes Cardiovascular Institute, patients and their families have the reassurance of knowing that care comes from an accomplished and dedicated staff that is committed to a patient-centered experience and to continued successful outcomes.
The operating room team for heart surgery consists of the cardiovascular surgeon, assisting surgeons, cardiovascular anesthesiologists, perfusion technologists (if a heart-lung machine is used) and cardiovascular nurses. Likewise a dedicated team of diagnostic specialists, pathologists, oncologists, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, surgical and intensive-care nurses and other allied health professionals assists during lung operations and other thoracic surgeries.
Following cardiothoracic surgery, patients benefit from care in cardiac or special intensive-care units designed to meet the unique needs of thoracic surgery patients.
“We have the best right here.”
Our surgeons specialize in:
- Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
- Valve repairs and replacement
- Heart arrhythmia treatment
- Aneurysm surgery
- Heart failure treatment
- Problems involving the lung such as COPD, collapsed lung, pneumonia, pleural effusion, and cancers of the chest and lung
Whenever possible, our specialists emphasize on minimally-invasive approaches, such as robotic surgery, which aims to “spare the sternum.” For heart operations, our specialists sometimes performs surgery while the heart is still beating, thereby eliminating the need for a heart-lung bypass. For thoracic surgery for conditions of the lungs or the chest, the specialists remove tumors and perform other interventions through the smallest of incisions.