Warren Clinic provides an array of cardiovascular services for patients in Tulsa, OK. If treatment options like lifestyle change, medication or non-invasive procedures are ineffective, cardiovascular surgery might be a viable option. Cardiovascular surgery can reduce heart disease symptoms, improve quality of life and increase survival rates.
Types of Cardiovascular Surgery
Cardiovascular surgeons operate on heart and blood vessels to repair damage caused by diseases or disorders of the cardiovascular system. Each day, thousands of patients in the United States undergo cardiovascular surgery.
Cardiovascular services are designed to treat a variety of heart conditions by:
- Implanting medical devices that help control the heartbeat or support heart function and blood flow
- Repairing abnormal or damaged structures in the heart
- Repairing or replacing heart valves which control blood flow through the heart
- Replacing a damaged heart with a healthy heart from a donor
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
The most common type of cardiovascular surgery for adults is coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). During CABG, a healthy artery or vein from the body is connected, or grafted, to a blocked coronary artery. The grafted vein bypasses the blocked portion of the artery. This creates a new path for oxygen-rich blood to flow to the heart. CABG can relieve chest pain and may lower heart attack risk.
Traditional heart surgery, often called open-heart surgery, is done by opening the chest wall to operate on the heart. The cardiovascular surgeon cuts through the patient's breastbone to open the chest. Once the heart is exposed, the patient is connected to a hear-lung bypass machine. The machine takes over the heart's pumping action and moves blood away from the heart. This allows the surgeon to operate on a heart that isn't beating and that doesn't have blood flowing through it. Off-pump or beating heart surgery is like traditional open-heart surgery since the chest bone is opened to access the heart; however, the heart isn't stopped.
Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Minimally invasive heart surgery is performed with small incisions between the ribs to avoid opening the breastbone to reach the heart. Cardiovascular surgeons may or may not use a heart-lung bypass machine, depending on patient need.
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Please call us with questions about our comprehensive cardiovascular services at 918-488-6688