Cardiac Surgery

When surgery is your best treatment option, trust the heart experts at Miller Regional Heart Center at Reading Hospital for high-quality care. You’ll find a full range of treatment options, including minimally invasive procedures that lead to less pain, scarring and recovery time.

Traditional, Open-Heart Surgery

Open-heart surgery is any surgery in which a surgeon cuts opens your chest and operates on the heart muscle, valves, or arteries. During this type of surgery, doctors might need to stop your heart and use a heart-lung machine to take over the job of pumping blood for a short time.

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

New, minimally invasive procedures at Reading Hospital use smaller cuts than open-heart surgery, and some new procedures take place while the heart is still beating.

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

Also known as bypass surgery, CABG can help you if you have chronic chest pain or heart disease. A surgeon creates a bypass by grafting a piece of a vein or an artery above and below the blocked area of a heart artery, letting blood flow around the obstruction. A surgeon usually takes veins from the leg to create the graft, but could use blood vessels from the chest or wrist instead.

Off-Pump CABG

Often referred to as beating-heart surgery, off-pump CABG does not require the heart-lung machine. The surgeon operates on arteries while the heart is still beating. Ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for this type of surgery, which speeds your recovery.

Endoscopic Vein Harvesting

Unlike traditional bypass surgery, endoscopic vein harvesting lets surgeons create one to three small incisions in the leg instead of one long incision. This results in less muscle/tissue damage and a lower risk of problems at the incision site after surgery.

Valve Replacement & Repair

A surgeon transplants a mechanical or tissue valve into the heart to replace the damaged valve. Alternatively, valve leaflets are either tightened or loosened to repair a damaged valve. Learn more about heart valve repair or replacement surgery.

Atrial Clip

An atrial clip stops the flow of blood between the heart’s left atrial appendage and the left atrium, reducing the risk of stroke if you have atrial fibrillation.

Da Vinci® Cardiothoracic Surgery

Robotic-assisted heart surgery, also called closed-chest heart surgery, is a minimally invasive type of treatment that doesn’t separate the breastbone and ribcage. That means you’ll recover sooner and more easily.

How Robotic-Assisted Surgery Works

During a da Vinci® procedure, a surgeon makes small keyhole incisions of 1-2 centimeters on the chest between the ribs, allowing for the surgical equipment and a tiny camera, called an endoscope, to reach the heart. Unlike open-heart surgery, da Vinci procedures allow the heart to keep beating, meaning they don’t require a heart-lung machine.

The robotic technology lets surgeons move medical tools more fully and precisely than human hands could. The da Vinci® System offers a magnified, high-definition, three-dimensional view when operating so the surgeon can see as much of your heart as possible.

Da Vinci® Cardiothoracic Procedures

  • Heart valve repair
  • Heart valve replacement
  • Minimally invasive direct CABG surgery

Da Vinci® Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Our team of cardiothoracic da Vinci® surgeons leads the region in cardiothoracic surgery:

ECMO: Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

If your heart or lungs won’t work anymore, a surgeon can provide extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to help you live longer.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

After surgery, cardiac rehabilitation helps you regain strength.