Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) is one of the most effective treatments for ischemic heart disease, or coronary artery disease. Our program has consistently been awarded the highest designation (3-star rating) for overall CABG composite quality by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
Heart Valve Surgery
Heart valve surgery is performed to repair or replace heart valves that are severely damaged or dysfunctional. Although symptoms of heart valve disease may sometimes be treated using medications, there are no good alternatives to surgical intervention for a severely dysfunctional heart valve, and without surgical correction many forms of heart valve disease will ultimately lead to progressive heart failure and death.
Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) therapy is a mechanical heart pump that does the work of pumping blood for a failing heart, and is indicated in patients with advanced (NYHA Class III or IV) heart failure, who become refractory to optimal medical therapy. VADs are implanted in patients as a bridge to heart transplant or as a lifelong destination therapy and offer patients improved quality of life and prolonged survival. Cone Health System has received advanced certification for VAD therapy by the Joint Commission.
Minimally-Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Minimally-invasive cardiac surgery is defined as open heart surgery performed through relatively small, less invasive incisions in the chest that avoid or minimize cutting the patient’s ribs or sternum (breast bone). A variety of complex heart valve operations may be performed safely using minimally invasive techniques on carefully selected patients.
Dr. Clarence Owen and Dr. Michael Cooper launched our Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) program in March, 2014, following months of training and preparation. TAVR is an appropriate surgical option for carefully selected patients with symptomatic severe aortic valve stenosis who have been determined to be inoperable or high risk for conventional open-heart surgery to replace their diseased aortic heart valve.
Multidisciplinary Heart Valve Clinic
Developed to facilitate optimal treatment options for patients with complex structural heart disease, this clinic affords patients the benefit of being evaluated by an interventional cardiologist and cardiac surgeon in one setting. Our multi-disciplinary team also includes cardiovascular imaging specialists, a physical therapist, and a dedicated nurse navigator who coordinates all aspects of the patient’s clinical evaluation, diagnostic testing and surgical treatment.