Cardiac Surgery

Our surgeons have extensive experience in complex cardiac surgeries including:

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery performed through a small incision, usually about three to four inches instead of the six- to eight-inch incisions required for traditional surgery. Specialized surgical instruments are frequently used. Minimally invasive surgery can be used in place of traditional surgery for many procedures.

Aortic Aneurysm Repairs which involve inserting a tube-like device called a graft into the weakened blood vessel, allowing blood to flow easily through the vessel and preventing it from rupturing.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery in which surgeons attach a blood vessel taken from another area in the heart, legs or arms and graft it to a blocked artery, creating a detour for blood flow around the blockage.

Implantable Defibrillator Insertion in which a defibrillator is implanted into the chest wall to maintain a normal heart rhythm. The defibrillator works by sending a mild electric charge to the heart muscle when it detects an abnormally fast rhythm.

Pacemaker Insertion which involves placing leads from a pacemaker in an area of the heart to help regulate the heartbeat when the natural rate is too slow to pump enough blood to the body.

Valve Repair or Replacement performed by repairing or replacing valves that are leaking or have narrowed with a new mechanical or tissue valve. A new minimally invasive valve replacement procedure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR, is also performed at TGH. TAVR replaces open surgery by accessing the diseased aortic valve percutaneously, usually through an artery in the leg. A collapsible aortic heart valve replaces the diseased valve without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass.

Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) Implantation in which a VAD, a small mechanical device that helps an ailing heart pump blood, is implanted. VADs can be used short term while a patient waits for a heart transplant or long term for patients not eligible for transplantation. Click here for more information.

Heart Transplantation — Tampa General performed the first successful heart transplant in Florida and is now one of 12 centers nationally to have performed more than 500 heart transplants. Additionally, we’re the fifth busiest cardiac transplant center in the U.S. Click here for more information.