The Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at Westchester Medical Center provides comprehensive surgical intervention for all diseases of the heart and lungs, as well as academic excellence in teaching and training medical residents from the New York Medical College.
Cardiothoracic Surgery Procedures
Westchester’s cardiothoracic surgery team performs a wide range of procedures to improve heart and lung functioning in chronic and critically ill patients. Many of our surgeries are completed with minimally invasive robotic surgical techniques which result in less pain and scarring, and faster recovery.
Working closely with the Cardiology department, we assess each patient's individual needs to determine the best and most comprehensive course of treatment. Patients for whom medical management is not effective benefit from our knowledge and use of the most state-of-the-art surgical techniques available for improving cardiac and pulmonary functioning. We provide consistently high-quality care and perform numerous procedures a year, including life-saving pediatric surgeries.
Our fully range of cardiothoracic surgery services includes:
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
Used to benefit patients with significant ischemic cardiomyopathy, otherwise known as congestive heart failure. CABG can significantly improve cardiac function and increase a patient's chances of immediate and long-term survival.
Mitral and Aortic Valve Repair
Used to remodel the heart in other high-risk patients, including those with neglected mitral valve disease or scarring from a previous heart attack. Surgeons at Westchester Heart and Vascular have the expertise to successfully repair damaged valves using a variety of approaches, including minimally invasive techniques when appropriate.
Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
Aneurysm repair may benefit patients whose hearts are weakened in part by the presence of a ventricular aneurysm. After a heart attack, the heart wall may become damaged, causing an aneurysm to form. This, in turn, may cause an increased workload on the heart, leading in time to congestive heart failure.
Surgical Ventricular Remodeling
Used to benefit some patients with congestive heart failure, this procedure involves removing part of the enlarged left ventricle and repairing the mitral valve when needed. The goal is to improve blood flow by restoring the left ventricle to its optimal size.
Ventricular Assist Devices
Mechanical assist devices offer patients additional options for treating heart failure by enabling the heart to rest heart so that sufficient recovery occurs and the device can eventually be removed. In some cases, these devices stabilize patients awaiting a heart transplant or those who are not eligible for a transplant due to age or other illness.
When other treatment options fail or cannot be considered, heart transplant offers the possibility of survival to critically ill patients. Westchester Heart and Vascular offers heart, heart-liver, and heart-kidney transplants and enjoys a high success rate.
Pioneering Cardiothoracic Research
As part of a research and teaching hospital, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Westchester Heart and Vascular is involved in cutting-edge research to advance the science of cardiovascular health and intervention. Our surgeons not only perform advanced cardiothoracic surgery procedures, but pass their knowledge on to the next generation of surgeons through their research and teaching.
Learn More About Cardiothoracic Surgery at Westchester
For more information about our comprehensive care, see our cardiothoracic surgery FAQ or call (877) 962-3627 or visit our online Physician Directory.