Cardiac Surgery Program continues to evolve

University of Minnesota surgeons were among the first in the world to develop techniques to surgically correct heart defects in both children and adults. Those innovative techniques and pioneering attitude remain as the current surgeons have led the field in the areas of minimally invasive heart surgery and surgical therapies for heart failure.

Our cardiac surgical group is composed of six experienced cardiac surgeons.

Areas of expertise include coronary artery bypass grafting, valve surgery, aortic surgery, surgery for cardiac arrhythmias, as well as heart failure surgery. All cardiac surgical services are offered at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis.

One of our areas of special expertise includes minimally invasive heart surgery. This includes the use of the Da Vinci robotic device to perform coronary artery bypass grafting as well as the use of smaller thoracic incisions to perform valve repair and replacements. The advantages of minimally invasive surgery include a shorter recovery period, which often allows for the patient to return to work and other functional activities sooner than the traditional sternotomy approach. Most patients undergoing cardiac surgery are evaluated for the feasibility of these minimally invasive techniques.

An additional area of expertise includes surgical options for patients with advanced heart failure. Patients with advanced heart failure benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to evaluation both by experienced cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Surgical options for such patients often include traditional heart surgery including high risk coronary artery bypass grafting as well as aortic and mitral valve surgery. Other patients with advanced heart failure may benefit from the use of ventricular assist devices and cardiac transplantation. More recently, the total artificial heart (TAH) is available for use for select patients with biventricular failure. Our ventricular assist device (VAD) program is among the largest in the country and serves as a training site for newer centers in the United States. 

A more recent partnership between our surgeons and cardiologists has been the implementation of a specialized heart valve disease clinic, which occurs weekly at Fairview Southdale Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Patients are evaluated simultaneously by cardiac surgeons and cardiologists allowing for an optimal patient experience while offering a wide range of therapeutic options including catheter techniques as well as heart surgery options.

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