When possible, the cardiothoracic surgical team at Lehigh Valley Heart Institute performs surgery via small incisions and without the need for spreading the ribs. This approach speeds your recovery and offers excellent results. The Heart Institute is one of the largest heart institutes in Pennsylvania. Our surgeons perform more than 900 heart surgeries every year.
Cardiothoracic surgery at the Heart Institute.
Dedicated institutes of care
Your care team of cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, pulmonologists, oncologists and other specialists partners with experts from Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence and Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute to provide advanced, personalized diagnosis and treatments.
Experts in minimally invasive procedures
Our highly skilled cardiothoracic team is led by nationally renowned thoracic surgeon Richard Chang, MD, who is an expert in minimally invasive thoracic procedures.
Heart and lung services
Specialists at our cardiac rehab and pulmonary rehab programs help you strengthen your heart and lungs after surgery, so you can safely return to active living.
Advanced treatment options
Thoracic aortic aneurysm repair
Your doctor places a mesh structure called a stent graft to prevent an aneurysm rupture. The stent graft supports the weakened or bulging section of the aorta located in your chest.
Heart valve replacement
Your doctor replaces a damaged heart valve with a mechanical valve or a biological valve made from heart tissue taken from a pig (porcine) or cow (bovine).
Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
Your doctor uses a thoracoscope (tiny camera) and surgical instruments to perform lung surgery via small incisions in your chest.
Your surgeon removes an entire lobe from a diseased lung. Thoracic surgeon Richard Chang, MD, performed Philadelphia’s first robotic lobectomy in 2010.
Your doctor removes cancerous or diseased sections of the esophagus, and then reconstructs the missing section using part of your stomach or intestine.
Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication
To alleviate acid buildup and pressure caused from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), your doctor wraps part of your stomach around the bottom of your esophagus.
Your surgeon uses a thoracoscope (tiny camera) to guide insertion of a catheter into the chest to drain fluid. Your doctor may also inject medicine into the chest to prevent fluid buildup.
When needed, we partner with cardiac surgeons to perform heart surgeries.