Physicians at the Forefront of Heart Surgery Technique
Surgery remains a powerful tool for treating malfunctions and diseases of the heart. Regional physicians are on the forefront of new developments in minimally invasive heart surgery and employ new techniques for heart valve replacement.
In years past, the heart-lung bypass machine allowed patients to have life-saving "open heart" surgery with the heart stilled from beating as the surgeon made repairs. Today, new techniques allow the surgeon to make much smaller incisions without dramatically opening the heart - while operating on a beating heart.
The results are a dynamic growth in the alternatives available to a person with cardiovascular disease. The physicians at Regional have been at the forefront of many of these developments and offer patients throughout the region the very latest in safe and effective treatment options, including coronary artery bypass surgery, which can be performed by the traditional method of open-chest surgery or with the newer endoscopic, or minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Techniques used in heart valve surgery have improved in both the safety of surgical technology and in the prosthetic devices used when a heart valve must be replaced.