Salinas Cardiothoracic Surgery
Heart Surgeries in Monterey County
Restoring a heart to prime condition can be difficult, and sometimes surgery
is required to fix a heart that has been ravaged by disease. Cardiothoracic
surgery is used for many purposes, including recovering from a heart attack,
repairing heart valves or even replacing a heart altogether. Salinas Valley
Medical Clinic (SVMC) boasts a team of highly experienced and competent
heart surgeons. Patients are placed in the care of well-trained professionals
who take every precaution necessary to avoid infection and surgery complications.
Learn more about your surgery:
Types of Heart Surgery
Your heart is composed of 4 main areas: the right ventricle, left ventricle,
right atrium and left atrium. A cardiothoracic surgeon must be intimately
familiar with each of these areas in order to locate and treat a heart
condition. Many people find it reassuring to learn more about what is
involved in their heart surgery. Below we overview some common heart surgeries.
If you feel like it will help, ask your doctor to go over the procedure
with you so you can understand all the details.
Overview of common heart surgeries:
Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) – More commonly referred to as a “bypass surgery, this operation is
used to treat arteries that have been narrowed and hardened by plaque
from cholesterol. There are a few ways to facilitate the operation, but
share the end result of rerouting blood away from the blocked artery and
channeling it through healthy veins.
Arrhythmia treatments – An arrhythmia is the medical term used to describe an irregular heartbeat.
There are several surgery treatments for this condition, but the most
common is the installation of a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter
defibrillator (ICD). These are devices placed inside the check that send
out mild electrical shocks to the heart when they detect an irregularity.
Myotomy & Myectomy – These operations are used to remove enlarged portions of the heart wall.
Enlarged hearts are the result of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) that
reduced blood flow to and from the heart.
Heart transplant – When all else fails to treat heart disease, doctors will recommend a heart
transplant. In this operation, a surgeon replaces a diseased heart with
a healthy one from a compatible donor. Due to the rarity of heart donors,
this surgery is often used as a last resort treatment.