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Cardiovascular Surgery

Cardiovascular DiagnosticsCardiac Catherization
Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (EndoAAA) RepairCardiovascular SurgeryCardiac Rehabilitation

Surgery

  • Coronary artery bypass consists of a vascular conduit that is placed to allow blood to travel around an obstruction in a coronary artery. The new conduit may make use of a piece of vein or artery that has been removed from another part of the body. The top end of the graft is attached to the aorta. The bottom end is attached to the coronary artery beyond the obstruction. After bypass surgery, patients report remarkably little pain. The chest incision is in the midline and does not result in the cutting of any muscles. The leg incision, if a vein is taken from the leg, is a bit uncomfortable when the patient begins to ambulate on the first post-operative day. At Condell, physicians make several short incisions in the leg to remove a segment of vein; this reduces leg discomfort a great deal. For more information, see the frequently asked questions about open heart surgery.
  • Off-pump coronary surgery allows the heart to sustain circulation during open heart surgery and eliminates the bypass pump used in traditional open heart surgery, making this a more desirable or safe surgical option.  In certain circumstances the surgeon is able to perform surgery without the use of the bypass pump. With this approach, the heart systains circulation during surgery. The surgeon determines if off pump surgery is an appropriate option for the patient. Off pump surgery is known to be safe and reduce post operative complications.
  • Valve replacement or repair
  • Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (Endo AAA) Repair is surgery to fix a widened part (or aneurysm) in your aorta, the large artery that carries blood to your belly, pelvis, and legs. Learn more about Condell's approach to Endo AAA repair.

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