Cardiac Surgery

Exceptional heart surgery in a patient-centered, compassionate environment.

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Cardiac surgery can be a frightening prospect for you and your family. When you choose the Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) for your heart surgery, you receive the most advanced approach to heart disease in an environment of compassionate, patient-centered care. Our fellowship trained, board certified surgeons are highly experienced in a full range of cardiac surgical techniques including rare and high-risk procedures. Our goal is to meet your individual needs with exceptional surgical expertise and an unwavering focus on you.

Our focus on you begins when your cardiac surgeon collaborates closely with your primary care physician and your cardiologist to develop a firm surgical plan, from the preoperative phase to surgery and through your recovery. As an integral member of this team, you’ll get to work hand-in-hand with your cardiac surgeon throughout this entire process so that your unique needs, concerns and values can be addressed. You’ll bond with your surgeon and the surgery team, feel comfortable throughout your entire surgical experience, and know that the care you’re receiving is equivalent to that of any top-rated, major academic institution.

Here’s how we integrate excellence in heart surgery with superb patient-centered care:

  • A full-time clinical care coordinator supports you and your family through every phase of your cardiac surgical experience as a constant, reassuring familiar face who you can call upon for help. She’ll help you schedule appointments, accompany you on preoperative consultations, keep your family and loved ones updated on the progress of your surgery, and will be ready to answer your questions and concerns every step of the way.
  • Your perioperative care and pain management is provided our board-certified anesthesiologists.
  • You have access to Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster™, an evidence-based mind-body stress reduction program that gives you the tools to reduce your anxiety before and well beyond your surgery. The program is available at Stamford Health’s Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness.
  • We'll set you up with our cardiac rehabilitation program to get you back to the active lifestyle you deserve after surgery.

Why Choose Us

  • Our outstanding quality performance outcome metrics surpass that of major university hospitals.
  • Our strong and dedicated cardiac surgery team is comprised of cardiac surgeons, physician assistants, and support staff.
  • We strictly adhere to gold standard care guidelines.
  • Our cardiac surgeons work alongside other HVI cardiac specialists in a new Hybrid OR that is designed specifically to enable a multidisciplinary team of heart specialists – cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, cardiac rehabilitation specialists and radiologists- to provide diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to a patient in the same room at the same time, thereby improving our efficiency and patient outcomes. The room has leading-edge radiological imaging combined with the safety and resources of an operating room.
  • We make every effort to perform bloodless heart surgery, surgery that is done without transfusions or blood products.

Procedures We Provide

The cardiac surgery team offers a complete array of elective and emergent cardiac surgical procedures, including:

  • Aortic root replacement

  • Aortic valve repair and replacement

  • Convergent hybrid ablation: A combination of minimally invasive surgery and catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation.

  • Heart Bypass Surgery: Also called coronary artery bypass grafting, this surgery involves the grafting of a healthy artery or vein from the body to build detours (or bypasses) around the blocked coronary artery to improve blood flow to the heart. When a leg vein or arm artery is used, one end is sewn to the aorta while the other is sewn to the coronary artery below the blockage. When an artery from the chest, called the internal mammary artery is used, it is left-attached to a branch of the aorta while its lower end is sewn to the coronary artery below the blockage. 

  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO): A procedure that provides cardiac and respiratory support to patients with heart or lung failure.

  • Hybrid approaches to valve repair such as thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR)

  • Mitral valve repair and replacement

  • Re-do (reoperative) heart surgery

  • Resection of cardiac tumors

  • Surgery to correct arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) such as atrial fibrillation.

  • Surgery to correct congenital defects

  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection repair

  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): An innovative minimally invasive procedure in which the aortic valve is replaced without open surgery. One of the most common valvular diseases afflicting our aging population is aortic stenosis, calcification of the aortic valve. If you have aortic valve stenosis and you were previously thought to be ineligible for corrective surgery due either to your advanced age, comorbidities or prior surgery, you may now be eligible for TAVR.