Heart and vascular surgery
Cardiovascular surgeons work to repair damage done to the heart and blood vessels. Damage can be caused by heart diseases or disorders, including heart failure and congenital heart defects. Surgery is a vital part of treatment for many heart conditions.
Heart surgeons in Tallahassee, Florida
If you need heart or vascular surgery, we make it our goal to maximize your safety and comfort while ensuring the best possible outcomes.
One of the ways we do this at our Heart & Vascular Center is with the aid of our large surgical suites. These enable us to use advanced monitoring and surgical equipment for everything from minimally invasive procedures to open-heart surgeries. Here, at HCA Florida Capital Hospital in Leon County, Florida, our cardiovascular, vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons collaborate to deliver comprehensive care.
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Cardiovascular and thoracic conditions we treat
We offer treatment for many conditions of the heart and vascular system as well as the thorax (the area between the neck and abdomen), including:
- Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Aortic aneurysm
- Aortic regurgitation
- Aortic stenosis
- Aortic valve disease
- Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
- Carotid artery disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart disease
- Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy
- Intracardiac tumor
- Lung cancer
- Lung hernia
- Lung mass
- Lung nodule
- Mediastinal and chest wall masses
- Mitral stenosis
- Mitral valve disease
- Mitral/tricuspid insufficiency
- Pleural effusion
- Poor circulation
- Rib fracture
- Thoracic aneurysm
- Thoracic aortic aneurysm/dissection
Cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries we offer
You may need a single cardiovascular or thoracic surgery, or you may require more than one procedure. Our surgeons can help in both cases, routinely performing single and combination procedures, including:
- Aneurysm surgery
- Aortic valve surgery
- Atherosclerosis endarterectomy
- Bypass surgery for vascular disease
- Carotid endarterectomy
- Coronary artery bypass
- Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
- Endovascular grafting and stenting
- Maze procedures for AFib, including full Cox maze, modified maze and hybrid minimally invasive maze
- Mitral valve surgery
- Off-pump surgery
- Surgical treatment of congestive heart failure
- Transmyocardial revascularization
- Valve repair and replacement
- Vein harvesting
- Ventricular assist device (VAD) implantations
CABG surgery is a procedure that improves blood flow to the heart by using a grafted artery or vein to bypass the blocked part of the artery. This surgical treatment is often used to treat severe coronary artery disease.
Our cardiac surgeons are so experienced at performing CABG, that we have achieved significantly better complication rates than the national average. The amount of time our patients are on a heart-lung machine during surgery is also below the national average. This is significant because reduced time on the heart-lung machine often indicates better surgical outcomes and quicker recoveries.
Heart valves play a key role in one-way blood flow, opening and closing with each heartbeat. When heart valves are diseased and not functioning properly, surgery is often the best option to repair or replace the valves.
There are four valves in the heart: aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic. Most valve surgeries involve repairing or replacing the mitral or aortic valves. These valves control the flow of oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the rest of the body.
Our cardiac surgeons perform valve surgery to treat disorders of all heart valves. Our patient outcomes and length of stay are significantly better than the national average. If you undergo valve surgery here, you will also benefit from reduced time on the heart-lung machine.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
TAVR has become the first-line therapy for patients with aortic stenosis, a condition that occurs when the valve, which controls blood flow between the heart and the rest of the body, thickens and calcifies. As the valve progressively narrows, the heart works harder to push the blood through an increasingly smaller opening causing pressure to build up in the heart and lungs. This causes the patient to experience shortness of breath. If left untreated, this condition can lead to heart failure.
An alternative to open-heart surgery, TAVR is a minimally-invasive valve repair procedure that has shifted from being performed in an operating room to a catheterization lab, dramatically reducing procedural time, mortality risk, and recovery time. TAVR is beneficial for patients deemed high-risk for conventional heart surgery or who are more likely to have higher mortality. Patients recover quicker and, on average, go home after one to two days in the hospital.
We continue to support you and your family after cardiac surgery by offering phase one (inpatient) and phase two (outpatient) cardiac rehabilitation programs.
These programs help you recover and improve your heart health, using personalized treatment plans that may include:
- Monitored exercise
- Nutrition counseling
- Physical therapy
Aortic Valve Stenosis and Replacement Surgery with Dr. Jeffery Snyder
The only curative treatment for aortic valve stenosis is valve replacement and the earlier one seeks treatment, the healthier the heart and the easier the procedure.
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