Since the inception of the Genesis open-heart surgery program in 2000, more than 1,100 open-heart procedures have been performed with outstanding quality outcomes.
The surgical team performs a wide variety of complex and high-risk cardiac and thoracic procedures.
Treatment & Procedures
This is a partial listing of conditions we treat and procedures performed by our surgeons:
After a heart attack, scar tissue may form in your left ventricle and cause a bulge. Ventricular remodeling treats scar tissue-related problems by making your heart smaller and more efficient. In this procedure:
- A heart/lung machine takes over for the heart, removing and oxygenating the blood.
- A balloon is inserted inside the heart, its size calculated to match the heart size and shape requirements for that patient.
- A circular suture is inserted to connect the opening for the patch and to bring the heart back to its correct conical shape, using the balloon as a guide.
- Once the patch is in place, the balloon is removed and the heart maintains its remodeled size.
Immediately after open-heart surgery at Genesis Hospital, patients stay in the open-heart recovery area (located in the critical care unit) where nurses continually assess and evaluate their status.
The typical length of stay in the open-heart recovery area is less than 24 hours.
After staying in the open-heart recovery unit, patients move to the step-down unit where electronic monitors at each bedside enable constant monitoring.
This unit is also a step-down or observation area for patients who have undergone invasive cardiology procedures or are having heart attack symptoms.