Cardiovascular (Heart) Surgery

A different experience

UMPM - Content - Heart - Image - CV SurgeryUniversity of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview provides a comprehensive range of cardiothoracic surgeries to treat everything from
routine cardiac conditions to end-stage heart failure. With new less invasive techniques being developed for surgery, our goal is to achieve a balance between the least invasive procedure and the best long-term outcome.

Our cardiac surgeons see patients in two convenient locations, Fairview Southdale Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center,

Our connection to the University of Minnesota makes our cardiac surgery program stronger. University of Minnesota is home to the world’s first open-heart surgery in 1952 by C. Walton Lillehei, MD, which set the standard for innovation, discovery and patient care in cardiac surgery. The discipline and excellence of Lillehei live on today in a culture shared by University of Minnesota Physicians Heart. We do the high-risk procedures that others will not.

In choosing to partner with University of Minnesota Physicians Heart for your patient’s care and surgery, your surgeon will be one of the best in the country. In 2011 and 2012, Kenneth K. Liao, MD*, and Ranjit John, MD, were ranked amongst the nation’s top 10% thoracic and cardiac surgeons by U.S. News & World Report.

*Ranked in top 1% nationwide

Heart surgery is the treatment of choice for many conditions, including:

  • Bypassing or widening blocked or narrowed arteries to the heart
  • Repairing or replacing the valves that control blood flow through the heart’s chambers
  • Repairing aneurysms in the aorta

Cardiovascular surgical services include:

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Minimally invasive robotic surgery
  • On- and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Valve-sparing aortic root replacement
  • Heart transplantation
  • Implantation of ventricular assist devices (VAD)
  • Hybrid procedures on the aorta and coronary arteries with simultaneous surgery and stenting
  • Treatment of aortic disease processes
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm repair

Other frequently performed procedures include:

  • Surgery for hypertrophic cardiomyopathies (formerly called IHSS), where surgeons remove part of the cardiac muscle from the septum to relieve high pressure in the heart. Alternatively, our cardiologists may shrink the septal muscle with intracoronary injections.
  • Valve repair and replacement for aortic and mitral valve pathology employing innovative techniques such as:
    • Annuloplasty
    • Chordal replacement
    • Leaflet excision
    • Valve resuspension
    • Homograft replacement of the aortic valve and root
    • Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection treatment:
      • Deep hypothermia
      • Circulatory arrest
      • Antegrade and/or retrograde cerebral perfusion for central nervous system protection