Cardiac Surgery

Less invasive procedures, improved outcomes

San Ramon Regional Medical Center is committed to improved outcomes and less invasive procedures, performing a range of heart surgeries with advanced techniques and experienced staff. Advanced minimally invasive techniques are used for cardiac surgery whenever possible. Procedures include:

  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Heart valve repairs and replacements
  • Aneurysm repairs
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Repair of a narrowing of the aortic valve opening

Heart surgery techniques

Interested in the advanced techniques we use during cardiac surgery? Below you’ll find some of the techniques we may discuss with you:

  • Mitral Valve Repair: Our cardiac surgeons often can rebuild leaky valves and avoid anticoagulants like Coumadin. Artificial valves replacements require a lifetime of anticoagulants.
  • Off-Pump/Beating Heart Surgery: Our surgeons have adopted the off-pump or beating heart method for cardiac bypass surgery. By performing the bypass without stopping the heart and without using a heart/lung machine, patients generally have fewer complications and a decreased risk of stroke.
  • Endoscopic Vein Harvesting: Healthy blood vessels used for cardiac bypass surgery are removed with a minimally invasive technique. Vessels are harvested with an endoscope through tiny incisions in the leg rather than a full-leg incision. Less muscle and tissue is damaged, and the patient experiences less pain and scarring, and a shorter recovery time. There is a lower risk of infection too.
  • MAZE Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation: This procedure redirects the erratic electrical impulses that cause an irregular rhythm.

Cardiac surgery best practices

We have developed standardized best practices, based on medical evidence, designed to improve results:

  • Minimize blood loss and the use of blood products: As a hospital with a blood conservation program, we use surgical techniques to reduce blood loss in surgeries.
  • Improve neurological outcomes: We are proud of our low stroke record.
  • Reduce non-cardiac complications: We strive to reduce pulmonary infections, sternal infections and renal failure.
  • Enhance recovery: Respiratory tubes are removed in most patients on the average of five hours after surgery. We encourage patients to get out of bed and walk to build their strength, helping them resist infections and recover faster.

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