Cardiothoracic Surgical Procedures
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
At The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, our physicians are trained in the most advanced procedures available, including minimally invasive cardiac surgery and valve repair and replacement. The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute at Rochester General includes an active cardiac surgery program, offering surgical options for a wide-spectrum of heart disease. Our professional team of specialists, nurses and technicians offer you leading-edge surgery options for the treatment of your cardiac condition.
The following sections list common cardiothoracic surgical procedures so that you can better understand the surgery you or your loved one will be undergoing.
Coronary Bypass Surgery (CABG)
This surgery is done to restore normal blood flow to heart muscle. The saphenous vein from the leg or the internal mammary artery (chest artery) may be used to create a bypass of the blocked section of coronary artery.
Minimally Invasive Bypass Surgery
This advanced procedure allows patients to undergo heart surgery without having to split the breastbone. With "minimally invasive cardiac surgery," doctors make a two-inch incision, insert a thoroscope with specially designed tools, and conduct the procedure.
Left internal Mammary Artery Surgery
Radial Artery Surgery
Valve Replacement/Repair Surgery
Minimally Invasive Valve Replacement Surgery
This procedure replaces the aortic valve with the patient's own pulmonary valve, and the original pulmonary valve is then replaced with a cadaveric pulmonary valve.
This procedure is done for patients who need aortic valve replacement in addition to replacement of the ascending aorta or aortic root.
Mitral Valve Repairs and Replacements
Aortic Valve Replacements
Atrial Septic Defect Repairs (ASD)
This procedure is done to repair an atrial septal defect, or a lack of tissue between the two upper heart chambers.
A defibrillator is an electronic device used to establish normal heartbeat.
Thoracic Aortic Procedure
Pulmonary (lung) Procedures