Cardiothoracic Surgery Services
The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute uses advanced technologies and procedures available to perform the complete range of invasive and minimally invasive surgeries for patients with heart disease.
Specialists at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute were among the first to implant the St. Jude mechanical heart valve, negating the need for a living donor. For patients with end-stage heart failure, the Institute's surgeons may implant the HeartMate® left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to manage the mechanical function of the heart's left ventricle. This can either be a destination therapy allowing the patient to return home with the device, or for patients who are transplant candidates, it can stabilize the patient and allow more time and better health while awaiting a heart transplant.
Heart surgery remains an effective treatment for many conditions of the heart that cannot be corrected by medication or lifestyle changes to manage heart attack risks.
Among the surgical procedures performed by Cedars-Sinai's cardiac care surgeons are:
- Coronary artery bypass to unclog arteries
- Valve replacement surgery to replace a heart valve that is no longer opening or closing correctly
- Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass to unclog arteries by making a smaller incision and often not using a heart-lung machine
- Maze surgery to eliminate abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation)
- Pacemaker and defibrillator implants to normalize the heartbeat
- Heart transplantation to replace the patient's weakened or diseased heart with a human donor heart
- Ventricular Assist Device
Leading-Edge Data Collection on Heart Surgery Patients
Since 1976 the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery has actively collected data on all patients who have had operations at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Continually fine-tuned and enhanced, this state-of-the-art database allows Cedars-Sinai cardiac surgeons to study the long term impact of surgical intervention and better plan the care of cardiac patients.
The computer system collects 800 data points for each patient that can be used to predict long- and short-term outcomes and major complications. In addition, the database is used for statistical purposes - allowing experts to track risks and benefits of surgery and update facts and figures regarding heart surgery outcomes. Among these data elements are:
- Presurgical history and physical exam results
- Cardiac catheterization and stress test results
- Comprehensive surgery details
- Postsurgical in-hospital complications
- Post-hospital short-term complications
- Long-term follow-up information
Quality of Care Reporting
As part of its ongoing dedication to patients, the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute continually monitors the quality of care provided to patients at the Institute.
This information is continually reported to the public.
To learn more about the quality of care provided to patients having coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, aortic valve replace or mitral valve replacement, click here.
To learn more about the quality of care provided to patients having a heart transplant at Cedars-Sinai, click here.
Cardiac Care Unit
Following surgery, cardiac patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are cared for in one of the first Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Units ever established and which is recognized as one of the most outstanding programs available in the world.
The CSICU is staffed by specialists and surgeons who are regarded as among the best experts in this important area of medicine. Their vast experience, knowledge and dedication have resulted in outstanding outcomes for Cedars-Sinai patients.
Cedars-Sinai publishes detailed outcomes reports for cardiothoracic surgery.
In the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals issue, Cedars-Sinai once again ranked among America's best in Cardiology and Heart Surgery.