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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.


Cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons in Sanford, Florida

When you need surgical treatment for a heart or vascular condition, we provide the multidisciplinary care you deserve.

HCA Florida Lake Monroe Hospital is one of the only hospitals in Seminole and West Volusia counties that provides access to a wide range of cardiovascular surgical services. Our surgeons and staff perform procedures to help restore your cardiovascular health and improve your quality of life. That's why, as part of your recovery care, we also provide personalized outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services.

Our cardiac surgery program

We offer complete surgical care for cardiovascular conditions.

Surgical treatments we offer

Our surgeons provide minimally invasive and traditional surgical solutions. Some of the surgeries we perform include:

  • Atherectomy
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Coronary artery bypass, including on- and off-pump cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device implantation
  • Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation
  • Endovascular vein harvesting
  • Stent placement
  • Valve repair and replacement, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
LAAC device implantation

We are the only hospital in Seminole County offering an alternative to long-term blood thinner medication with the LAAC device. The LAAC device is a permanent heart implant that effectively reduces the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AFib).

AFib is a type of irregular heartbeat that increases the risk of blood clots and, consequently, stroke. As a result, people with AFib typically use anticoagulants (blood thinners) long-term to prevent blood clots from forming. This is because more than 90 percent of stroke-causing clots that come from the heart form in the left atrial appendage. However, the LAAC device closes off this area, which reduces the risk of clots and allows patients to discontinue the use of long-term blood thinners.


TAVR is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery to treat aortic stenosis. In a traditional valve replacement, the damaged or diseased valve is removed before the replacement valve is implanted. With TAVR, the damaged or diseased valve is not removed. Instead, a replacement valve is inserted into the aortic valve's place.

TAVR is a catheter-based procedure performed in one of our cardiac catheterization laboratories by a cardiothoracic surgeon and an interventional cardiologist.

Preoperative cardiac surgery education

We offer specialized education for you and your family before undergoing open-heart surgery. This education is provided to promote patient safety, decrease anxieties and prepare you and your family for the recovery process.

Postoperative cardiac rehabilitation (rehab)

After you are discharged from the hospital, we support you through our 12-week outpatient cardiac rehab program. This program includes education and monitored exercise to help improve endurance, strength and confidence following heart and vascular surgery.

Our cardiac surgery team

Successful surgical treatment of cardiovascular conditions requires coordinated care from a team of specialists.

Multidisciplinary surgical care

We're proud to offer a multidisciplinary approach to cardiovascular surgery. Our team includes:

  • Cardiac anesthesiologists
  • Cardiac rehabilitation specialists
  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Cardiovascular surgeons
  • Electrophysiologists
  • Heart and vascular specialists
  • Infection specialists
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Neurologists
  • Physical therapists
  • Primary care doctors
  • Registered nurses

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