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Aortic Aneurysm Surgery

When minimally invasive intervention methods for treating abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) are no longer an option, a vascular surgeon may recommend aortic surgery as the best course of treatment. Repair is typically performed when the AAA reaches five centimeters or larger, due to increasing risk of rupture.

Aortic Root Repair/Replacement

Aortic root replacement involves the removal of a section of the aorta and aortic valve. The section of aorta is replaced with an artificial tube (graft), and the aortic valve is replaced with a mechanical or biological valve.

Aortic Root Surgery

Aortic root surgery is a surgical procedure to treat a dilation or enlargement of a section of the large blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from your heart to your organs. The aortic root is located near the junction of your aorta and your heart.

Ascending Aortic Arch Replacement

An ascending aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the portion of the aorta closest to the heart. The ascending aorta begins at the heart's left ventricle and extends to the aortic arch, or the bend in the aorta. Aneurysms in the ascending aorta and aortic arch usually require immediate surgery.

Beating Heart CABG / Off-Pump CABG Surgery

CABG (pronounced like the word "cabbage") stands for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. Coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery, also referred to as Coronary Revascularization, reroutes blood flow around a blockage in the coronary artery so the heart muscle can maintain a good blood supply.

Bentall with Bioprosthesis or Prosthesis

This procedure, a variation of the original Bentall procedure, is a simultaneous replacement of the aortic valve, root and the entire ascending aorta.

Cardiac Receiving Center

Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction) is a Medical Emergency

Cardiac Rehabilitation

MemorialCare is proud to offer cardiac rehabilitation to help heart care patients recover quickly and to return to doing the things they love. Our cardiac rehabilitation centers will help you improve your overall physical, mental and social functions.

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Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), also called biventricular pacing, is delivered by a small, battery-operated device that can be permanently placed inside you. This new therapy is typically used for ventricular dysynchrony, a type of heart failure, where the two ventricles in the heart are not beating at the same tim

Cardioversion

Cardioversion is a procedure that can restore a fast or irregular heartbeat to a normal rhythm. A fast or irregular heartbeat is called an arrhythmia. This is commonly used to treat arrhthymia commonly known as Atrial Fibrillation. Arrhythmias can prevent your heart from pumping enough blood to your body.

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Carotid Angioplasty & Stenting

Carotid angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to treat a narrowing in the carotid artery which carries critical blood flow to the brain. This procedure can be done in lieu of Carotid Endarterectomy surgery in patients who are considered a ‘high surgical risk’

Carotid Endartectomy Surgery

When minimally invasive interventions to clear a blocked carotid artery, such as carotid angioplasty and/or stenting, are no longer an option, a vascular care physician may recommend carotid endartectomy surgery as the best course for treatment.

Catheter Ablation

Catheter ablation is a non-surgical technique used to pinpoint and interrupt specific abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). State-of-the-art mapping equipment is used to generate 3-D images of the heart’s chambers to locate the area causing the arrhythmia.

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Comprehensive Aortic Program

The Comprehensive Aortic Program is dedicated to the early detection, monitoring and treatment of various aortic diseases using evidence-based treatments.

Congenital Heart Surgery

When minimally invasive interventions such as cardiac catheterization or valvuloplasty are not an option, to treat congenital heart disease, a pediatric or adult heart care physician may recommend surgery as the best course for treatment.

Coronary Angioplasty and Stenting (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention)

Coronary angioplasty, also called percutaneous coronary intervention, is a procedure used to open clogged heart arteries. Angioplasty involves temporarily inserting and inflating a tiny balloon at the site of the artery clog to help widen the artery.

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Coronary Artery Bypass (CABG) Surgery

When angioplasty and other minimally invasive methods of clearing blocked arteries are no longer an option, or if multiple vessels are blocked, your physician may recommend Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG pronounced like cabbage) as the best course for treatment.

David Valve-Sparing Aortic Root Replacement

As its name indicates, this procedure is used for the replacement of the aortic root and ascending aorta only.

Dedicated Cardiac Care Team

At the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Centers, a team of specialists ensure patients receive the best, most comprehensive cardiac care available. The care teams work closely with referring physicians to coordinate care and provide seamless communication and reporting.

Elephant Trunk Operation

The elephant trunk procedure is a two-stage procedure used to treat extensive aneurysms involving both the ascending aorta and aortic arch, and the descending thoracic or thoraco-abdominal aorta

Endovascular Aortic Repair

Endovascular surgery – operating from inside the blood vessel – is performed through tiny holes, rather than through large external incisions.

External Cardiac Counterpulsation

External cardiac counterpulsation is a non-invasive outpatient technique performed to decrease chest pain (angina pectoris) by increasing oxygen-rich blood flow to the heart. The external counterpulsation system inflates and deflates pressure cuffs on the legs, moving the blood from the lower limbs toward the heart.

Heart Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery

Heart valve repair or replacement surgery is performed to repair a defective or diseased heart valve. Heart valve repair or replacement surgery is an open-heart surgery.

Homograft Technique

Homografts are the most resistant to infection, making this the preferred technique for the treatment of aortic root infection and endocarditis at Comprehensive Aortic Program.

Hybrid (Less Invasive) Aortic Arch and Thoraco-Abdominal Aortic Repair

Endovascular surgical repairs of the thoraco-abdominal aorta and aortic arch offer a less invasive alternative to conventional open surgical repair.

Hybrid Aortic Repairs

The Comprehensive Aortic Program offers hybrid repairs for thoracoabdominal and aortic arch aneurysms.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) or (SICD)

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (SICD) is a small, battery-operated device. The ICD can be permanently placed inside the chest or just under the skin to monitor heart rate and rhythm to detect any rapid and/or irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).

Lead Placement, Extractions & Replacement

We perform implant, extraction and replacement of pacing leads.

Left Ventricular Reconstruction Surgery

Left ventricular reconstruction surgery is performed to repair a left ventricle that has been damaged during a heart attack. Heart attacks in the left ventricle weaken the tissue wall which forms scar tissue or an aneurysm (a balloon-like bulge of a blood vessel).

Maze Surgery

If the minimally invasive maze procedure or robotic assisted minimally invasive maze surgery is not ideal for you the maze surgery can also be performed as open-heart surgery with a heart-lung machine.

Minimally Invasive Direct CAB (MIDCAB) Surgery

Innovative advancements in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgical techniques have allowed CABG surgery to be performed without having the heart stopped and connected to a heart-lung machine—cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), and without having the breastbone split open.

Minimally Invasive Maze Surgery

Minimally invasive maze surgery, also known as mini-maze, is an advanced procedure for atrial fibrillation. This minimally invasive procedure, similar to MAZE surgery, uses ablation rather than a scalpel. Unlike traditional open-heart surgery, this procedure also does not require the use of a heart-lung machine.

Open Aorta Operations

The surgical removal of some portion of diseased aorta is called aortic resection.

Pacemaker Implant

An artificial pacemaker is a small, battery-operated device that can be permanently placed inside the chest or attached externally for temporary use. A pacemaker may be needed when problems occur with the electrical conduction system of the heart.

Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery Program

The Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery team partners with Miller Children’s & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Long Beach Medical Center to provide prenatal, infant, pediatric, and adult heart care for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease.

Pediatric Heart Care

Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach provides total prenatal, infant, pediatric and young adult heart care for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease or who have a family history of heart problems.

Peripheral Angiography

Peripheral angiography captures images of peripheral arteries (arteries in the lower abdomen, kidneys, arms, legs and feet). Peripheral arteries, that supply blood to the head and neck or the abdomen and legs, do not normally show up on X-rays.

Peripheral Angioplasty & Stenting

Peripheral artery disease, also referred to as peripheral arterial disease, is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the lower extremities (legs).

Peripheral Vascular Surgery

When noninvasive methods of clearing blocked arteries are no longer an option, or if multiple vessels are blocked, a vascular care physician may recommend peripheral vascular surgery as the best course for treatment.

Repair of Type A and Type B Aortic Dissection

Acute aortic dissection can be treated surgically. In surgical treatment, the area of the aorta with the intimal tear is resected and replaced with a graft.

Ross Procedure

Essentially a pulmonary valve autograft is placed in the aortic valve position, and a homograft (human donor) valve replaces the pulmonary valve.

Selecting Heart & Vascular Specialists

If you think you may be experiencing a heart attack, it is important to call 9-1-1 immediately so treatment can start as soon as possible. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member. Have an ambulance take you to the hospital that is a Cardiac Receiving Center right away.

Septal Myectomy Surgery

Septal myectomy surgery is performed to remove part of an enlarged heart muscle called the septal muscle. This surgery is typically performed if medications are not working or are not an option to treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart muscle in the left ventricle.

State-of-the-Art Angiography Suite

The Angiography Suite is a unique innovation offered through the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute. The suite takes minimally invasive capabilities to a higher level, with advanced imaging technology supporting a wide variety of interventional vascular procedures.

Surgical Aneurysm Repair

In surgical aneurysm repair, your aortic surgeon repairs or removes an aneurysm through an incision in your skin.

Surgical Center at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute

Performing more than 500 cardiac surgeries each year, our MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Medical Center has specialized care teams and three dedicated operating rooms exclusively for the needs of cardiac patients.

Surgical Procedures on the Descending and Thoracoabdominal Aorta

Surgery for aneurysm of the descending and thoracoabdominal aorta typically involves older, higher risk patients who may have hypertension, atherosclerosis, pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD), a history of smoking and some degree of existing kidney disease.

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Conservative Medical Therapy

If your thoracic aortic aneurysm is small and not causing symptoms, your physician may recommend conservative medical therapy, which means that your risk factors and blood pressure are tightly controlled, and you will be monitored every six months to a year for signs of changes in your aneurysm.

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Endovascular Stent Graft Repair

Many surgeons have been using less invasive endovascular surgery on abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)

Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) is a minimally invasive procedure to repair the major blood vessel in the body, called the aorta.

Thoraco-Abdominal Aortic Replacement

Surgical repair of thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs) enables the replacement of the diseased aortic segment and helps prevent aneurysm rupture.

Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR)

TCAR is a groundbreaking method to open up a blocked carotid artery with a small flexible metal mesh tube called a stent to improve blood supply to the brain. TCAR is a new option for patients with carotid artery disease considered to be at high-risk for the conventional operative approach, called carotid endarterectomy or

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

The human heart is a muscular organ that is made up of four chambers and there are four valves that allow blood to flow through the heart. The right side of the heart pumps blood through the lungs where it picks up oxygen and the left side receives this oxygenated blood and pumps it to the rest of the body.

Valve Repair vs. Replacement

The decision to repair versus replace the aortic valve is based on complex factors, as well as the experience and results of the particular treatment center.

Valvuloplasty

Valvuloplasty is a minimally invasive procedure performed to increase the opening of a narrowed or defective valve in the heart. This procedure is performed in a cardiovascular catheterization laboratory.

Vascular Surgery Program at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute

Vascular disease is a disease of the blood vessels. When blood vessels are working as they should, blood moves through an intricate system to supply the organs, limbs and muscles with the right amount of this vital fluid. The circulation system also carries toxins to organs that eliminate them from the body.

WATCHMAN™

How Does the WATCHMAN™ Device Work? Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a heart rhythm disorder in which the heart beats irregularly. During AFib, the two upper chambers of the heart (the atria) quiver instead of beating properly to effectively move blood into the heart’s two lower chambers (the ventricles). AFib can cause blood

Yacoub Remodeling Procedure

The Yacoub remodeling procedure uses a scalloped design to create a new aortic root out of Dacron.