Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgery
Trust your procedure to an experienced team led by a skilled surgeon at Virginia Hospital Center. Before, during and after your surgery, your safety and well-being are our top priority, so you can focus on healing.
Conditions We Treat
Depending on your symptoms and other factors, you and your doctor may decide surgery is the best option to treat your condition. We offer surgical care of conditions that affect:
- Veins and arteries
In addition to excellent surgical care from trained, compassionate providers, you’ll receive education, comfort and support so you reach the best outcome possible.
Minimally Invasive Techniques
Whenever possible, your surgeon will use the least invasive methods possible to do your surgery. This means your surgeon will use advanced technology and tiny tools to perform the procedure, so you benefit from:
- Smaller incisions than traditional (open) surgery
- Reduced pain and scarring
- Faster recovery and shorter hospital stay
- Less risk of complications, including infection
Procedures We Offer
Turn to surgeons with experience successfully performing a wide-range of treatments.
Find top-quality care for adult heart surgeries, including:
- Congenital heart defect correction, such as atrial septal defect (ASD) repair and ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure – Repairs heart conditions that are present at birth (congenital)
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery – Opens a blocked or narrowed artery to improve blood flow to the heart
- Heart valve replacement or repair – Surgically corrects a damaged heart valve or replaces it with an artificial valve
- Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) surgery – Treats heart failure by replacing the main pumping chamber of the heart with a mechanical pump
- Maze procedure – Creates scar tissue in the heart in order to stop atrial fibrillation, an arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)
- Pacemaker placement – Inserts a small device that helps restore normal rhythm to the heart to treat an arrhythmia
- Pericardiectomy or pericardial repair – Removes all or part of the pericardium, the membrane around the heart, to help the heart pump more easily
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – Uses a minimally invasive procedure to replace a damaged aortic valve
- Valvuloplasty, or balloon valvotomy – Repairs a narrowed heart valve
Vascular procedures treat conditions that affect the arteries, veins and capillaries that make up the body’s blood vessels. Virginia Hospital Center’s vascular surgeons offer:
- Aortic aneurysm repair – Fixes or replaces a bulge in the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, with a synthetic tube
- Aortic dissection repair – Treats a tear in the aorta, usually by placing a graft (tube) of tissue in the blood vessel
- Carotid endarterectomy – Takes out plaque that’s built up in the carotid artery in the neck to improve blood flow to the brain
- Peripheral vascular surgeries, including femoral-popliteal (fem-pop) bypass – Treats peripheral vascular diseases, conditions that affect blood flow in the vessels outside the brain and heart
Endostent Aneurysm Repair
If you or a loved one have an abdominal aortic aneurysm, Virginia Hospital Center cardiothoracic surgeons will treat the condition through endovascular stent grafting whenever possible. This procedure uses minimally invasive techniques and long, thin tubes called catheters to place an endostent device in the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body.
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Get care from a thoracic surgeon, an expert in the field of medicine that treats organs in the chest. Access procedures such as:
- Lung biopsy, which takes a sample of the lung for testing
- Lung lobectomy, removal of one of the lung’s lobes
- Pneumonectomy, removal of a lung or part of a lung
- Surgery to diagnose or treat lung cancer
Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
Heal faster when our thoracic surgeons performs your procedure using video guidance. This option uses minimally invasive techniques, so you have less scarring, risk of infection, blood less and stress. Our team has experience performing VATS to diagnose and treat lung cancer and perform lung biopsy, lobectomy and pneumonectomy. Learn more about VATS and ask your doctor if its right for you.
Sometimes, traditional, or open-chest surgery is the best choice for your situation. If your care team decides your lobectomy or pneumonectomy will be most successful through thoracotomy, depend on your dedicated care team for skilled care and support so you feel better as quickly as possible.
Your Care Team
You’ll be the focus of a multidisciplinary team that streamlines your experience. In addition to a trained cardiothoracic surgeon, your care team may include:
- Cardiovascular clinician – Doctor who provides and coordinates care you receive following best practices for patients with heart, vascular and thoracic conditions
- Cardiovascular nurse clinicians – Nurses who give onsite care under the direction of your surgeon and other doctors
- Clinic administrator – Professional who works with the chief of cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery department to schedule your surgery, office consultations and outpatient and preoperative tests
- Physician assistant (PA) – Manages and coordinates your care, offers preoperative education, orders tests and interprets the results, and manages your postoperative care
Because our surgeons have offices right next to the cardiac unit, you’ll benefit from close, continual oversight before, during and after your procedure.
What to Expect
Discover what you can expect before during and after your cardiac procedure, at Virginia Hospital Center.
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