Cardiothoracic Surgery

What is Cardiothoracic (Open Heart) Surgery?

Cardiothoracic or open heart surgery is an operation to repair a problem inside the chest or heart. It is performed by a surgeon who opens the chest to get access to the heart.

An artery can be taken from the chest or the leg and can be grafted to route flow around the diseased vessel.

Another procedure done by open heart surgery is replacing a faulty valve. Valves in the heart are needed to stop blood from flowing back into parts of the heart after being pumped out of them. Many patients are seen in the Prairie Valve Clinic prior to valve surgery. 

Another problem called an aortic aneurysm can also be repaired by open heart surgery. This is when there is a bulge in the main artery leaving the heart.

“I knew I wanted to have the procedure at St. John’s Hospital because the Prairie Heart Institute is the best.” Clarence Jahnssen

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Benefits of Open Heart Surgery?

After recovery from open heart surgery, there should be improvement in symptoms such as breathlessness and chest pain.

What will my recovery time be like?

Recovery will vary based on the type of procedure. 

What preparation should I do beforehand?

Please ask your surgeon about pre-surgical preparations. 

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Prairie Cardiovascular is a provider of cardiovascular health care and treatments in multiple locations throughout central Illinois. Our organization provides the best cardiologists in the state, with reknowned surgical precision and professional advice on heart-related concerns. We test and medically treat for all common heart symptoms such as chest pains, hypertension, high blood pressure, murmurs, palpitions, high cholesterol, and disease. We have several locations including major cities such as Decatur, O'Fallon, and Springfield.