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Surgical Services

The Avera Heart Hospital offers the following surgical services.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgical Repair

The Avera Heart Hospital offers both open and endovascular repairs of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. In an open repair, surgery is preformed to fix a widened part (or aneurysm) in your aorta, the large artery that carries blood to your belly (abdomen), pelvis, and legs.

An aortic aneurysm is when part of this artery becomes too large or balloons outward. Your surgeon opens up your belly and replaces the aortic aneurysm with a fabric material.  Learn more about Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgical Repair.

At the Avera Heart Hospital and North Central Heart, each person receives individualized attention and care based on their needs. If you do require heart surgery, you are in experienced hands. Our surgeons have dedicated their careers to the health and wellbeing of cardiac patients. Avera Heart Hospital offers 3 surgical suites equipped for the special needs of cardiothoracic surgery.

Cardiac and Valve Surgery

Heart valve surgery is used to repair a mitral valve or replace a diseased aortic valve, tricuspid valve, and pulmonary valve. The valves control the direction of blood flow through your heart. The opening and closing of the heart valves produce the sound of the heartbeat.

At the Avera Heart Hospital and North Central Heart, each person receives individualized attention and care based on their needs. If you do require heart surgery, you are in experienced hands. Our surgeons have dedicated their careers to the health and wellbeing of cardiac patients. Avera Heart Hospital offers 3 surgical suites equipped for the special needs of cardiothoracic surgery.

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

Heart bypass surgery creates a new route, called a bypass, for blood and oxygen to reach your heart. It is done to fix problems caused by coronary artery disease (CAD), in which the arteries that lead to your heart are partly or totally blocked.  Learn more about Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting.

At the Avera Heart Hospital and North Central Heart, each person receives individualized attention and care based on their needs. If you do require heart surgery, you are in experienced hands. Our surgeons have dedicated their careers to the health and wellbeing of cardiac patients. Avera Heart Hospital offers 3 surgical suites equipped for the special needs of cardiothoracic surgery.

Carotid Endarterectomy

Carotid artery surgery is a procedure to restore proper blood flow to the brain. You have an artery on each side of your neck called the carotid artery. This artery brings needed blood to your brain and face.

The blood flow in this artery can become partly or totally blocked by fatty material called plaque. A partial blockage is called carotid artery stenosis (narrowing). Blockage in your carotid artery can reduce the blood supply to your brain. A stroke can occur if your brain does not get enough blood.  Learn more about Carotid Endarterectomy.

At the Avera Heart Hospital and North Central Heart, each person receives individualized attention and care based on their needs. If you do require heart surgery, you are in experienced hands. Our surgeons have dedicated their careers to the health and wellbeing of cardiac patients. Avera Heart Hospital offers 3 surgical suites equipped for the special needs of cardiothoracic surgery.

Maze Procedure

The Maze Procedure is a procedure that was developed by Dr. James Cox. It is a sophisticated open heart surgical procedure used to treat patients who have atrial fibrillation refractory to medical therapy. When drug treatment and electrical cardioversion have failed, the only treatment found to be successful is the Maze procedure.

Our surgeon's perform this procedure at the same time they operate to replace a heart valve or perform coronary artery bypass procedure.  The device that we use  is a single-use, irrigated radiofrequency ablation instrument used to create spot or linear lesions in the heart's upper chambers to block the errant electrical signals that cause atrial fibrillation.

Because it allows the surgeon to "draw" lines that then form scar tissue - rather than the cutting and sewing of incisions used in the complex Maze procedure of the past - critical "cross-clamp" time required to complete the procedure is significantly reduced, thereby decreasing the risk of stroke.

Peripheral Surgery

Peripheral artery disease is a condition of the blood vessels that leads to narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply the legs and feet. This decreases blood flow, which can injure nerves and other tissues.

Peripheral artery bypass is surgery to reroute the blood supply around a blocked artery in one of your legs. Your peripheral arteries can become blocked with fatty material that builds up inside them. This is called atherosclerosis.

At the Avera Heart Hospital and North Central Heart, each person receives individualized attention and care based on their needs. If you do require heart surgery, you are in experienced hands. Our surgeons have dedicated their careers to the health and wellbeing of cardiac patients.  Avera Heart Hospital offers 3 surgical suites equipped for the special needs of cardiothoracic surgery.

Mitral Valve Repair

Blood that flows between different chambers of your heart must flow through a valve. This valve is called the mitral valve. It opens up enough so blood can flow from one chamber of your heart (left atria) to the next chamber (left ventricle). It then closes, keeping blood from flowing backwards. Mitral valve surgery is surgery to either repair or replace the mitral valve in your heart. Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery is done through much smaller incisions (cuts) than the large incision needed for open surgery.

The decision to perform surgery should not be taken lightly, and we understand this at the Avera Heart Hospital and North Central Heart. That is why each person receives individualized attention and care based on their needs. If you do require heart surgery, you are in experienced hands. Our surgeons have dedicated their careers to the health and wellbeing of cardiac patients. Avera Heart Hospital offers 3 surgical suites equipped for the special needs of cardiothoracic surgery.

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The Avera Heart Hospital is a cooperative venture between Avera McKennan and North Central Heart.

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