|Cardiothoracic surgery is the surgical treatment of diseases affecting the organs inside the thoracic cavity (chest), such heart disease and lung disease.
Oakwood leads the way in developing less-invasive approaches to cardiothoracic surgery, such as the Minimaze procedure, which corrects atrial fibrillation via a thoracotomy procedure as opposed to the tradition sternotomy (cutting of the sternum), or the off-pump bypass procedure, which allows surgeons to perform surgery on a beating heart so the patient does not need to be placed on a traditional heart/lung machine during the procedure.
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft - is a surgical procedure whereby arteries or veins from other parts of the body are grafted to the coronary arteries of the heart to bypass diseases arteries and increase blood flow to the heart.
- Thoracotomy – an incision is made through the side of the chest cavity, between the ribs, allowing the surgeon to access the heart, lungs, esophagus and other thoracic organs.
- Valve Repair / Replacement – is the repair or replacement of one or more of the heart’s four valves.
- Aortic Aneurysm Repair – is performed to correct weakness in the aorta wall and reduce risk of rupture
- Minimaze – is a thoracotomy procedure to correct severe atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).
- Coronary Intervention – is a procedure that treats coronary arteries that have become narrowed as a result of the build up plaque.