St. Luke's University Health Network

Procedures

Learn More About our Heart Procedures

No one is eager for surgery, but the surgeons at Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgical Associates of St. Luke's are experienced and knowledgeable about the latest trends in heart care and strive for the most minimally invasive procedures possible.

Below are some of the procedures performed at St. Luke's:


Aortic Aneurysm Surgery – St. Luke's Center for Aortic Diseases

The Division of Cardiovascular Surgery offers a comprehensive Aortic Center specifically for patients with aortic aneurysms. This includes the latest and most advanced imaging center in the region. The surgeons are focused on the repair and replacement of the most complex aneurysm occurring in the chest and abdomen. St. Luke's cardiovascular surgeons boast the region's most experience with endovascular and thoracic stent graft repair of aneurysms in which the aneurysm is repaired through a small incision in the groin as opposed to the traditional surgery.


Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure –
St. Luke's Heart Valve Center

The TAVR procedure enables the placement of a collapsible aortic heart valve into the body via the catheter-based RetroFlex 3 transfemoral delivery system, which allows the Edwards SAPIEN valve to be inserted via the femoral artery in the groin. The valve is designed to replace a patient's diseased native aortic valve without traditional open-heart surgery and while the heart continues to beat – thereby the need for cardiopulmonary bypass is not required.

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Learn more about the St. Luke's Heart Valve Center.


Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery – St. Luke's Heart Valve Center

St. Luke's surgeons perform the latest in the treatment of aortic valve disease. They use mechanical or tissue valves to replace leaky or narrowed (stenotic) aortic valves. At St. Luke's, the surgeons also use “stentless” valves which appear more like the natural valve.

Learn more about the St. Luke's Heart Valve Center.


Atrial Fibrillation Ablation – MAZE Procedure

This is a procedure to treat atrial fibrillation (a rapid irregular heart rhythm). It's accomplished by applying electrical energy, radio-frequency energy or freezing the offending area of the heart to create a "scar" that blocks the fibrillation. St. Luke's cardiac surgeons were the first in Pennsylvania to perform a Maze surgery using only three small ports with the heart beating for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.


"Beating Heart" Surgery

Contrary to coronary artery bypass surgery, "beating heart" surgery is a way to operate on the heart without stopping it. A medication may be given to slow the heart, but a device is used to stabilize (or hold) the beating heart during surgery. Smaller cuts are used during this procedure, which can hasten healing time.


Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

This is a surgical procedure where arteries or veins from elsewhere in the body are grafted to the coronary arteries. The new veins bypass (or go around) the clogged arteries. Usually performed while the heart is stopped, a pump takes over the beating of the heart during the surgery. The terms single, double, triple or quadruple bypass refer to the number of arteries that are bypassed during the procedure.


Mitral Valve Surgery - St. Luke's Heart Valve Center

St. Luke's surgeons are some of the most experienced when it comes to repairing leaky mitral valves. They are often able to repair the valve so that you will not require a replacement. This allows you to keep your own valve often not requiring coumadin therapy.

Learn more about the St. Luke's Heart Valve Center.


Pacemaker Surgery

A pacemaker is a small device inserted near the heart that sends electrical impulses to the heart to maintain a normal heart rate and rhythm.


Robotic Surgery

In robotically-assisted heart surgery, the surgeon remotely guides robotic arms resulting in smaller, more refined cuts which, in turn, speeds recovery time. The types of procedures performed using robotic surgery include heart valve repair, coronary artery bypass, removal of cardiac tumors and repair of atrial septal defects (holes in the heart walls). St. Luke's was the first hospital in Pennsylvania to acquire the DaVinci Surgical System.