CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY SERVICES
After considering all options, you and your physician may decide that surgery is the best treatment for you. Weill Cornell's cardiothoracic surgeons, many of whom are world-renowned experts, offer the most advanced surgical treatment for cardiovascular disease.
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
CABG is the most common surgical treatment for acquired heart disease. With this method, a blood vessel taken from the tissues of the chest, arms, or legs is used to route blood around blockages in the coronary arteries to restore adequate circulation of blood to the heart.
Valve Repair or Replacement
Heart valves are flaps, or leaflets, of tissue that ensure that blood entering or leaving the heart moves in the proper direction, with no backflow. Heart valves that are defective may either be repaired or replaced, depending on the damage.
Surgical Treatment of Arrhythmia (MAZE Procedure)
We specialize in the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. Using approaches such as the modified Maze surgical procedure, we can interrupt the path of aberrant electrical impulses that cause the arrhythmia.
Beating Heart (Off-Pump) Surgery
In many cases, coronary artery bypass grafting can be performed without the use of the heart-lung machine. A small vertical incision is made in the chest, and a mechanical stabilizing device is used to restrict movement of the heart so that the surgeon can perform surgery while the heart is beating.
Adult Congenital Heart Disease
An adult who was born with cardiac problems suffers from adult congenital heart disease. Treatment of adult congenital heart disease requires a special combination of skills: the background of a pediatric cardiologist who understands the congenital defect, and the skills of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons who can treat a newly-diagnosed congenital condition, revise earlier surgical repairs, and treat any adult heart disease that has developed as a result of the congenital condition. At the Perelman Institute, we specialize in the treatment of all forms of adult congenital heart disease.
Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
We offer minimally invasive procedures for appropriate patients, including some high-risk patients for whom open surgery is not an option. In appropriate cases, the minimally invasive approach can be used to treat aortic aneurysms and diseased heart valves.
Surgical Repair of Aortic Aneurysm
Our team of aortic surgeons, cardiologists, interventional radiologists, anesthesiologists, and critical care specialists have extraordinary experience and competence in caring for patients with complex aortic disease, aneurysms, dissections, tumors and infections. We have extensive experience with surgical repair of aneurysms of the entire aorta.