Heart surgeonsSurgery

Some heart conditions require surgery. This can include widowmaker heart attacks and afib chest pain. Enloe Medical Center’s trusted heart surgeons perform a wide-range of cardiothoracic procedures. These include:

Coronary artery bypass

Coronary arteries are the vessels that carry blood to your heart muscle. If one of these is blocked, blood can’t get to your heart, causing damage. Coronary artery bypass surgery makes a path for blood to flow to your heart by going around the blockage. This procedure does not cure heart disease or blockages, but it can relieve your symptoms.

Endoscopic vein removals

During this procedure, your care team will take healthy veins from a small incision and reuse them as new heart vessels.

Minimally invasive endovascular stenting

You can get aneurysms (dilations or bulges) in your blood vessels. These can burst, causing a stroke or bleeding. If you develop one of these, your care team may perform this procedure. Your heart surgeon will place stents, small metal coils or mesh tubes, to reinforce your artery.

Heart valve repair

If one or more of your heart valves is not working properly, your care team may perform a valve repair. Your care team can take one of several approaches. These can range from simple annuloplasty to complex reconstruction, depending on your condition.

Heart valve replacement

During this procedure, your doctor will use prosthetic tissue and/or devices to replace your unhealthy valves.

Ascending aorta aneurysm repair

An ascending aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulging and weakening in your aorta, the main blood vessel that carries blood from your heart to your body. In this surgery, your surgeon will remove the weak area and sew a man-made substitute, called a graft, into place. If the aortic valve is not healthy, your surgeon may repair it or replace it with an artificial valve.

Cox-Maze surgery

The Cox-Maze procedure treats atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate. It occurs when the two upper chambers of your heart experience chaotic electrical signals. During this procedure, your surgeon will create a series of scars to block the electrical signals triggering the irregular heartbeat.

Heart pacemaker surgery

A pacemaker is a small electrically charged device that helps manage irregular heartbeats. To implant the device, a cardiologist will make a small incision near your collarbone. Then the caregiver will guide an insulated wire through the vein to your heart. The wire will be connected to the pacemaker, which the doctor will also insert beneath the skin.

Bloodless Surgery

Heart surgery patient At Enloe Medical Center, we respect your beliefs about blood transfusions. We understand that for some patients, having a blood transfusion is not an option.

That’s why you can receive care without receiving blood or blood products. Talk to your care team about options if this is a concern.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

After surgery, Enloe’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program can help you thrive. It offers a variety of exercise and education programs to help people with heart disease recover and lead healthier lives.

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