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Open-Heart Surgery

Open-Heart Surgery

Open-heart surgery requires years of training and practice. At Lima Memorial Heart and Vascular Institute, board-certified heart surgeons with that experience and training in advanced cardiac surgery are here; patients do not have to travel to other cities to find that level of surgical expertise. Lima Memorial performs more open-heart surgeries than any other hospital in our region.

What is open-heart surgery?

Open-heart surgery generally means an operation in which the surgeon opens the chest and repairs areas of the heart or the arteries, often temporarily stopping the heart as a heart-lung machine provides oxygen-rich blood to the brain and other vital organs. Some new surgical procedures are performed with the heart beating. Many minimally invasive surgical procedures are considered open-heart surgery.

Open-heart surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations in the United States, with a high overall survival rate. There are a variety of types of open-heart surgeries, depending on the condition being treated and the overall health of the patient.

Our Open-Heart Surgical Team

  • Certified heart surgeons with years of experience performing open-heart surgery in many of the leading teaching hospitals in the United States
  • Nurses, perfusionists and other support staff who also have extensive experience and training in cardiac surgery
  • Highly trained critical care nurses staffing our cardiac critical care units

Open-Heart Surgery Facilities

Lima Memorial open-heart surgery suites, cardiovascular intensive care and postoperative step-down units are on the same floor for patient safety and convenience, and to give heart surgeons immediate access to the cardiology department next door. Critical care beds permit patients to remain in the same room from post-op to recovery, with step-down units that allow nurses to closely observe postoperative patients and quickly respond should a patient need critical care.

To contact Lima Memorial Heart and Vascular Institute or learn more about open-heart surgery, call 419-224-5915.

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