Expert Surgical Care Close to Home
CHI St. Vincent's cardiothoracic surgeons perform hundreds of cardiac surgeries every year at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock and CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs in Hot Springs. This high volume gives us an exceptional level of experience and expertise in heart surgery so you don’t have to travel far from home to get the best care available.
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Personalized Care and Support
You and your surgeon will work together to determine the best surgical treatment for your unique needs, whether that’s conventional or minimally invasive surgery. Our goal is to create a surgical plan designed to provide your optimal outcome.
Your surgical team includes physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse navigators and other clinical staff, all dedicated to superior patient care. We’re here to support you through this process, monitor your well-being and answer any questions you may have, from your first appointment through your recovery.
Heart and Chest Surgery Procedures
Our cardiothoracic surgeons are experienced in a wide variety of surgeries, including:
Bypass Surgery - Bypass surgery redirects a blood vessel to “bypass” blockages so we can restore blood flow to the heart. This may be a traditional (open) or minimally invasive surgery.
Heart Valve Surgery - This includes surgeries for repairing and replacing heart valves.
TAVR - Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an innovative, minimally invasive approach for patients who need aortic valve replacement but aren’t candidates for traditional valve replacement surgery.
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About Minimally Invasive Surgery
Many heart and thoracic surgeries can be performed using a minimally invasive approach. Because these surgeries don’t require dividing the breastbone, they offer the potential for fewer complications and a quicker recovery. Additionally, minimally invasive surgeries often result in less pain, scarring and loss of blood, and generally reduce the risk of infection when compared with conventional open surgery. It’s important to note that while some conditions may be corrected with minimally invasive procedures, conventional open surgery will be the most appropriate treatment in certain cases. Your cardiothoracic surgeon will help you and your family decide which approach is best for you.
Hybrid Cardiovascular Operating Suite (Hybrid OR)
This innovative suite combines a fully equipped operating room with the advanced imaging technology of the cardiovascular labs. A hybrid OR advances our abilities to perform minimally invasive cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery. The suite enables us to perform collaborative procedures between cardiology, cardiac and vascular surgery teams, as well as new cardiac or vascular procedures and surgical therapies.