Our surgeons have the knowledge and skill to perform even complex procedures.

From repairing heart valves to clearing life-threatening arterial blockages, our heart and vascular surgeons are establishing themselves as regional experts in Kent and Sussex counties. When you or someone you care about needs viable solutions, we have sophisticated, progressive ways to provide them. So much of heart and vascular care changes rapidly. Our collaboration with Penn Medicine streamlines our access to new procedures and therapies, which in turn benefits you and everyone in our care.

Procedures we perform include:

Angioplasty

Also known as percutaneous coronary intervention, this minimally invasive, interventional procedure can eliminate a blockage in an artery through a catheter. A balloon is inflated to move the cholesterol from its position in the artery and eliminate the risk it is causing to the flow of blood to the heart.

Cardiac resynchronization therapy

This therapy involves the implanting of a biventricular pacemaker designed to make both of the heart’s lower chambers beat at the same time.

Cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) implantation

A minimally invasive procedure to correct dangerous heart rhythms. Surgeons implant a device with electronic leads that are channeled into the heart. When the heart begins to beat abnormally, the ICD automatically shocks the heart back into a normal sinus rhythm.

Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery

Surgeons create grafts to redirect the flow of blood to the heart to other arteries, bypassing the blocked areas. This procedure can be performed in the traditional manner — using “open” surgery — or using minimally invasive techniques.

Coronary atherectomy

A procedure similar to angioplasty that involves the use of a rotating blade within the artery to remove the plaque that has built up on the arterial wall.

Carotid angioplasty and stenting

Similar to the procedure that is performed for heart blockages, a balloon is delivered through a narrow tube (catheter) to the carotid artery and the balloon is inflated to remove the blockage. A narrow mesh tube, called a stent, is inserted to keep the narrowing from recurring.

Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR)

This minimally invasive procedure requires only a small incision in the groin. Surgeons place a catheter through the incision to deliver a specially designed stent graft to the aorta. Because there is no open surgery, recovery time is about a week. Not every patient is a candidate for this type of procedure.

Endovascular transabdominal aortic aneurysm repair

During this procedure, surgeons manipulate the affected area to ensure a smooth transitioning of the device through a narrow tube (catheter) to repair the aneurysm.

Heart valve repair

Open and minimally invasive procedures to repair the aortic or mitral valve of the heart, when there is potential for repairing rather than replacing the valve.

Heart valve replacement

Traditional open surgery, during which the aortic or mitral valve of the heart is replaced with either a tissue or mechanical heart valve.

Maze procedure surgery

An “open” surgical procedure during which a series of surgical incisions are made throughout the atria compartment of the heart to force the heart’s electrical signals to travel in a proper pattern to maintain a healthy rhythm.

Pacemaker implantation

A minimally invasive procedure during which a small, battery-powered device is implanted that will keep the heart beating at a normal rhythm.

Peripheral angiography

A narrow tube (catheter) is inserted into your artery. A small amount of dye is injected into the catheter to identify any narrow or blocked arteries where fatty deposits have accumulated. When X-ray images of the legs are taken, the dyed areas will clearly show where deposits or blockages are located that may require intervention to eliminate them.

Peripheral intervention

If blocked or narrowed arteries are identified during a peripheral angiogram, a procedure can be performed either using interventional (minimally invasive) methods or open surgery to restore normal blood flow.

Radiofrequency catheter ablation

During this minimally invasive interventional procedure, a physician guides a narrow tube (catheter) to the area of your heart where misfired signals cause an irregular heart rhythm. A probe at the tip of the catheter uses pulses of radiofrequency energy to eliminate (ablate) the tissue causing the misfiring.

Septal defect repairs

Two methods are used to repair septal defects. The decision about the repair direction will vary for each patient. Open-heart surgery may be performed, during which the defect is closed through an incision in the chest. Another option may be a minimally invasive procedure, performed using a narrow tube (catheter) to deliver a mesh plug to the area of the heart that needs repair.

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