Surgeries that affect the heart and lungs are performed by a cardiothoracic surgeon. Our skilled surgeons perform a number of specialty procedures such as coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve repair, and aortic aneurysm resections. We also use minimally-invasive techniques as an alternative to open heart surgery in some cases. We can discuss all of your options and share information on what to expect with your procedure during your consultation.
This is one of the most common procedures performed in the United States and may be necessary for reducing the risk of a heart attack. If you have clogged arteries, reduced blood circulation to and from the heart can increase your risk of a number of health problems. Coronary artery bypass surgery restores proper circulation with the help of a grafted blood vessel.
Patients with damaged or diseased heart valves may need to undergo a heart valve repair or replacement procedure. Open heart surgery or a minimally invasive procedure can be performed to restore healthy circulation by opening up the leaflets of the valves and repairing any damage. We may use synthetic or biological valves in a replacement procedure.
Any weakness of the thoracic aorta can cause a rupture in the abdominal area or chest. This can lead to serious health issues, including internal bleeding and even death. Aortic aneurysms can be treated with open heart surgery or a grafting procedure where the damaged valves are replaced to restore proper functioning.
If you have health issues related to proper functioning of the heart and lungs, you must come in and see a cardiothoracic surgeon as soon as possible for an evaluation. Schedule your appointment at our Los Angeles or Glendale office today.