Types of Cardiac Surgery Procedures

Heart surgery procedures at Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute range from traditional open heart surgery to minimally invasive cardiac surgery procedures.

Advanced heart surgery at Henry Ford

Our cardiac surgeons offer a complete range of heart surgery procedures, including:

Aortic aneurysms & dissections

The multidisciplinary Aortic Program at Henry Ford brings together cardiac and vascular surgeons, cardiologists, interventional radiologists and imaging specialists to consider various treatment options for patients with complex aortic disease, such as aortic aneurysm or chronic dissection. Treatment options include open heart surgery, endovascular procedures, as well as debranching procedures for selected high-risk patients.

Aortic valve procedures

When the aortic valve becomes leaky or blocked, the valve can be surgically replaced with a healthy one. Depending on the patients age, disease and preference, we offer mechanical and tissue replacement options. The mechanical valves are constructed with special materials made to last a lifetime, which is especially important for young patients. Tissue valves may not be as durable, but have other advantages including avoidance of "blood thinner" medication. Our cardiac surgeons and structural heart experts offer both options.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) procedures

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft procedures aim to restore complete blood flow (called revascularization) to all segments of the heart muscle that have been affected by coronary artery disease. Our cardiac surgeons perform traditional and off-pump CABG surgery, as well as hybrid CABG techniques in partnership with Interventional Cardiology at Henry Ford Hospital.

Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) and heart transplantation

Left Ventricular Assist Devices are being used more often as a treatment for patients with advanced heart failure. LVADs may be a bridge therapy to heart transplantation or a long-term treatment for heart failure. Heart transplantation is often the best option for many end-stage heart failure patients. The multidisciplinary Advanced Heart Failure Program at Henry Ford includes cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, nurse coordinators, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists and others to coordinate the patient's care.

Mitral valve surgery

Mitral valve repair is usually the best option for structural mitral valve disorders, particularly in younger patients. Our cardiac surgeons are experienced in a wide range of techniques, and perform mitral valve repair in high-risk conditions such as coronary artery disease and heart failure. When the mitral valve cannot be repaired and needs to be surgically replaced, we offer minimally invasive options through our Center for Structural Heart Disease at Henry Ford Hospital.

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