Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery
Lead Extraction Surgery
Lead extraction surgery is the removal of one or more leads from the inside of the heart and veins. The extraction is performed by hooking a special wire onto the inside of the lead or by placing a snare through a vein to grasp the outside of the lead. The physician then pushes a plastic tube with a laser over the lead to help separate it from the scar tissue in the veins and heart. The plastic tubes break the scar tissue to prevent tearing the veins or heart. Then new leads and pacemakers or defibrillators can be implanted during the same surgery. The patient is normally able to resume normal activities relatively soon after the surgery.
Modified Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation
The Modified Maze Procedure is a technique used to restore sinus rhythm in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (AF). The procedure utilizes radiofrequency to ablate targeted tissues and create barriers that interrupt the wavelength re-entry circuits of AF. Most patients experience an organized heart rhythm immediately and medication may eventually be discontinued.
Cardiac Surgery services include traditional open-heart surgeries such as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and heart valve repair and replacement, as well as off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) and minimally invasive Mitral Valve Repair Surgery.
Cardiac surgery involves procedures on the heart and its vessels to treat complications of insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle and correct congenital or valvular heart disease. Cardiac surgery may also be performed to treat atrial fibrillation.
The Bentall Procedure is used to treat combined aortic valve disease. The surgery consists of composite graph replacement of the aortic valve, root and ascending aorta and re-implantation of the coronary arteries into the graph.