About Heart & Lung Surgery
Cardiothoracic surgery, the surgical treatment of diseases affecting the heart and lungs, is performed in state-of-the-art surgical suites at HealthPark Medical Center. Our specialized surgical team, led by the area's premier and most experienced cardiovascular surgeons, is on call 24 hours a day to provide immediate care when necessary.
Check below for more information on our surgical procedures.
About Our Program
The Number One Choice
Lee Health offers some of the most advanced surgical options for patients with life-threatening heart conditions and diseases. Whether the surgery is traditional open heart surgery, minimally invasive or robot-assisted surgery, we have you covered. The expertise and skills of Lee Health cardiothoracic surgeons have helped make us the choice of more heart patients than any other health care provider in Southwest Florida.
We offer a full range of innovative cardiothoracic surgery options and procedures performed by physicians who are ushering in a new era of cardiac care. Cardiothoracic surgery at Lee Health offers our patients the promise of improved outcomes and faster recovery times.
Common services and procedures include:
- Adult Congenital Heart Surgery
- Atrial or Ventricular Septal Defect Repair (ASD or VSD)
- Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
- MAZE Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation>
- Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)
- Minimally-invasive Robotic Valve Replacement Surgery
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
- Lung, Chest, and Esophageal Surgery
- Video-assisted Thorascopic Surgery (VATS)
Why Choose Us?
Relentless innovation and clinical excellence
The Lee Physician Group Cardiothoracic Surgery team is on the leading edge of technology and innovation in the treament complex cardiovascular and thoracic diseases. Patients who were once thought untreatable have found new hope. With the advancements in surgical technology, our skilled surgeons can perform intricate procedures through minimally invasive approaches, including robotic-assisted surgery and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), which shorten recovery time for our patients.
Having more options for cardiothoracic surgery procedures allows the patient to truly make an informed decision regarding his/her treatment.
As part of Lee Physician Group, we offer a comprehensive continuum of care to ensure you have access to the highest level of care to restore your quality of life.
Did you know?...
HealthPark Medical Center became the first hospital in Florida—outside of clinical trials—to offer the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure to patients who previously had no viable surgical options.
HealthPark Medical Center, the primary location for the System's cardiac care program, is the ONLY fully accredited Chest Pain Center in a five county region.
HealthPark Medical Center has ranked among the top 5% in the nation for cardiology services.
Meet Our Care Team
Quality Care by Caring Surgeons
Our highly skilled cardiothoracic surgeons work collaboratively with cardiologists, electrophysiologists, interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other care specialists to provide comprehensive patient care. Our breadth of experience allows us to perform complex procedures, such as off-pump coronary artery bypass, surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (MAZE procedure) and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
Our cardiothoracic surgery team includes:
Lee Physician Group Cardiothoracic Surgery is accepting new patients.
Surgical procedures include:
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
When blood vessels to the heart are narrowed and block the flow of blood and oxygen, a patient may require coronary artery bypass grafting, or CABG. The surgery reroutes a vein from the leg, an artery from the forearm, or an artery that runs under the chest wall, bypassing the blockage to the heart.
- Valve Surgery
Diseased heart valves can be repaired or replaced. Whenever possible, it is repaired. The mitral valve is most commonly repaired, the aortic valve is the most commonly replaced valve.
Minimally invasive heart valve surgery enables a surgeon to replace or repair a valve using smaller incisions on the side of the chest. This results in less bleeding, lower wound complication rates, less pain, shorter hospital stay, and allows the patient to return to their normal activities in much less time.
The valve operation is the same as when performed through the traditional sternotomy approach but just through a different incision.
- Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
Atrial ablation is a heart surgery performed in isolation or at the same time as a coronary artery bypass grafting or valve surgery. Surgeons use an energy source to neutralize electrical pathways in the heart that trigger the atrial fibrillation.
- Lung Cancer Surgery
Lobectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the tumor and the section of the lung in which the tumor is located, is the most common surgical procedure performed for lung cancer. During the procedure additional lymph nodes will be removed to determine whether or not the disease has spread.
A less invasive surgical approach, called video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery or VATS, is appropriate for some patients. It enables the surgeon to remove the section of the lung where the tumor is located through a smaller incision, providing patients with less pain, fewer complications and faster recovery.
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