The cardiothoracic surgeons at St. Bernards specialize in procedures involving the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest. St. Bernards is a leader in innovation and specialization regardless of whether your surgical needs are planned or emergent. Our cardiothoracic surgeons at St. Bernards have access to state-of-the-art surgical facilities and surgical options like the daVinci robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive surgery, or open-heart procedures.
St. Bernards cardiothoracic surgeons perform a wide range of procedures, including
- Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABS): This is a procedure that takes a healthy blood vessel from your leg, arm, or chest and grafts it to a blocked area of your heart. Doing this allows blood flow to be rerouted around the blockage. Depending on the diagnosis and the patient, CABG can be performed with traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery, or the DaVinci robot.
- Endovascular stent-graft: This is a minimally invasive procedure using a stent to treat abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms.
- Esophagostomy: This is used to treat esophageal cancer and other procedures. An esophagectomy removes the portion of your esophagus between your mouth and stomach and then uses healthy tissue from the stomach to reconstruct the affected area.
- Pericardiectomy: Surgeons use a pericardiectomy to prevent fluid from building up in the area between your heart and pericardium. The pericardium is the membrane covering your heart. This condition is often seen in patients who have chronic pericarditis.
- Thoracotomy: A thoracotomy is often used to confirm lung cancer or treat lung cancer. It can also be used to remove scar tissue in the lung or repair an air leak in the lung.
- TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement): TAVR is an advanced surgery that replaces the aortic valve when it becomes worn out or damaged. It involves replacing the damaged valve with a new valve by inserting a catheter in the groin or a small incision in the chest wall.
- Esophagus cancer and disease
- Gastric Sleeve
- Lung cancer and disease
- Plerural Fluid