Surgical Treatment for Heart Disease
Banner Good Samaritan surgeons helped pioneer the heart-lung machine in the early 1960s. We revolutionized open-heart surgery. Today Cavanagh Heart Center, located at Banner Good Samaritan, offers several advanced surgical treatments for heart disease.
For each treatment there are several different approaches. It is best to speak with your doctor to determine what specific treatments you need.
Surgical procedures require the patient to stay in the hospital for a few days. A surgeon opens the patient’s chest to repair damage to the heart tissue, valves, arteries or vessels. Sometimes the patient’s heart is temporarily stopped from beating on its own. In that case a mechanical pump or heart-lung machine keeps the heart functioning while the doctor performs surgery. Surgeons can also use special robotic technology.
We perform nearly 700 open-heart procedures a year. Our medical staff performs several complex surgical procedures such as LVAD implantation and hybrid maze as well as common open-heart procedures like coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and valve repair. They also perform transmyocardial revascularization (TMR), which uses lasers to reduce or eliminate pain.
Cavanagh Heart Center surgeons are always looking for ways to reduce complications and recovery time of open-heart procedures and other types of surgeries.
In April 2004, our surgeons performed Arizona's first micro maze procedure for lone atrial fibrillation patients using a small thoroscopic camera to guide a microwave probe around the heart instead of splitting the breastbone. Our patient recovered faster and with fewer complications.