Heart Surgery (Cardiac Surgery)
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The Heart Institute is one of the largest cardiovascular programs in Pennsylvania. When appropriate, our heart surgeons partner with interventional cardiologists to perform minimally invasive procedures that correct valve problems or arrhythmias. This approach eases recovery and offers excellent results.
Heart surgery at LVHN can treat a range of cardiovascular problems, including heart valve issues, heart disease and arrhythmias.
Heart surgery at the Heart Institute
We offer you:
Dedicated care: When appropriate, your cardiac surgery team partners with thoracic surgeons, cardiologists and experts from Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence to provide advanced diagnosis and personalized treatments.
Accredited chest pain centers : Four LVHN hospitals are accredited by the American College of Cardiology as chest pain centers. This designation means we provide fast evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Locations include:
- Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street
- Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest
- Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton
- Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg
Heart services: Specialists at our cardiac rehab program help strengthen your heart after surgery, allowing you to safely return to active living.
Advanced treatment options, including:
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
To bypass a blocked artery and improve blood flow, your doctor connects a blood vessel taken from the leg, arm or chest and connects it to arteries in your heart.
Heart valve repair and 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). When appropriate, we perform minimally invasive procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and MitraClip®, a device to treat mitral valve regurgitation. Learn more about heart valve treatments available through our Structural Heart Disease Program.
Aortic aneurysm repair
We repair weakened areas of the aorta via open surgery and endovascular approaches using a catheter (thin tube) inserted into an artery or vein. During thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR), your doctor threads catheters into the femoral arteries in the legs to place a stent graft to support the weakened area of the heart.
Your heart surgeon performs ablation treatments, such as the maze procedure, to redirect the heart’s electrical signals and stop heart rhythm problems. We also implant devices such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD). Find out more about our Comprehensive Heart Rhythm Management Program.
Heart failure treatments
As part of our Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, our heart surgeons implant devices that help the heart pump blood. These devices include left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and pacemakers.
When needed, we remove pacemaker leads, or wires, that malfunction or cause problems.
Heart defect surgery
Structural heart disease problems can cause openings, or holes, in the heart. Our surgeons close these openings, known as septal defects and patent foramen ovale (PFO). Find out more about our Structural Heart Disease Program.
This procedure for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (thickened heart muscle) removes excess muscle.
Cardiac tumor surgery
Your surgeon removes an abnormal growth, or tumor, from the heart or heart valves.
When needed, the heart surgery team partners with thoracic surgeons to perform chest, lung and esophageal surgeries. Learn more about thoracic surgery.