The cardiothoracic surgeons at OhioHealth combine exceptional skills with the latest innovations and the newest minimally invasive techniques. Because of our high volumes, our heart surgeons have the experience that achieves better and safer outcomes.
Our state-of-the-art hybrid surgical suites make it possible for surgeons to perform endovascular and open surgeries in the same place. Cardiovascular interventions, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and some abdominal aortic valve repairs, integrate techniques from both interventional procedures, as well as surgery. Performing these types of procedures in a hybrid surgical suite ensures better safety and quality for the patients we treat.
From the most common type of heart surgery (bypass surgery) to the rare removal of cardiac tumors, our cardiothoracic surgeons have expertise in a range of surgical specialties including minimally invasive procedures, robotics, catheter-based and image-guided therapies, and traditional open heart surgery. In addition, we perform more open heart procedures than anyone else in the region. Some of our areas of expertise include:
Our heart failure team, which includes cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists with advanced training in heart failure, is experienced in evaluating, implanting and treating patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). An LVAD, sometimes referred to as a “bridge to transplant,” is a mechanical pump that is implanted to support heart function and blood flow for heart failure patients waiting for a heart transplant. It is also used as therapy to prolong and improve the quality of life for patients who are not eligible for a heart transplant, but have weakened and failing hearts. The device helps the heart pump blood from the left ventricle — the lower left chamber of the heart — to the rest of the body and vital organs.
For patients who need aortic valve replacement or mitral valve repair, we have a team of cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists who specialize in minimally invasive treatments of structural heart conditions using small catheters, advanced imaging and tiny incisions. These procedures — transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) — lead to a quicker recovery, shorter hospital stays, better survival and improved quality of life. Among the first in the nation to perform these procedures, our physicians have extensive experience resulting in excellent outcomes.
For patients with advanced heart failure, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) may prolong and improve the quality of life.