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Heart Surgery

Heart Surgery Options in McHenry County

The physicians* with the Centegra Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center perform advanced cardiac procedures at Centegra Hospital-McHenry, including:

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)

Bypass surgery is most commonly performed on the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart. During CABG surgery, the physician takes a graft vein or artery from a healthy blood vessel in the body and surgically attaches it above and below the blocked artery. Blood will now flow through the grafted vessel and “bypass” the blocked artery.

Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

Healthy heart valves are essential for directing blood through the body. Valve replacement surgery can be done as an open procedure by opening the chest cavity or as a minimally invasive procedure through a catheter placed in a small incision. This surgery is commonly performed on the mitral valve or the aortic valve. In this surgery, the heart surgeon replaces a poorly functioning or non-functioning valve with a mechanical valve or a tissue valve.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement is a minimally invasive procedure performed in the cardiac catheterization lab by an interventional cardiologist in collaboration with a cardiothoracic surgeon. During TAVR, a small incision is made and tubes called catheters replace the diseased aortic valve, making it easier for the heart to pump blood.

Mitral Valve Repair

The mitral valve controls blood flow in the left side of your heart and keeps blood from leaking backward when the heart pumps. Mitral valve repair is heart surgery that can alleviate symptoms such as shortness of breath and palpitations due to valve disease.

Cox-Maze Procedure

The Cox-Maze procedure is used to treat atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia. In this surgery, the physician makes small incisions in the atria to create scar tissue, which blocks the abnormal electrical signals causing the arrhythmia.

Carotid Endarterectomy

Carotid endarterectomy is a procedure that removes plaque buildup in the carotid arteries. In this procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision in the neck and opens the blocked artery to remove the plaque. A graft from another vessel is sometimes used to widen or repair the artery.

*In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified, are neither agents nor employees of Centegra Health System or any of its affiliates. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.