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Innovative Heart Surgeries—Right Here In Spartanburg

Heart Surgery

Surgeons at the Spartanburg Regional Heart Center use advanced tools and techniques to treat a broad range of heart conditions. These tools include high tech computers and specialized equipment to treat rare heart conditions. And we do all this in facilities designed especially for heart patients.

Our specialists in cardiothoracic (heart and chest) surgery have some of the most extensive experience in the state with computer-guided heart surgery. And we were among the first in the country to perform beating-heart surgery, an open-heart surgery on a still-beating heart. See a video.

Common heart surgeries we perform are for mitral valve prolapse, atrial septal defect and coronary artery disease, for example. For many, we use the innovations of the da Vinci Surgical System, a computer-guided system that gives our surgeons greater accuracy than other tools could provide. And the smaller incisions, or cuts, needed with this tool allow patients to recover much more quickly than after traditional surgery.

We bring other innovations to our patients, as well. For those with irregular heartbeats, or atrial fibrillation, for example, our computer-guided catheters enable specialists to accurately treat areas of the heart that would otherwise be difficult to reach. We offer the advanced technology of tiny heart pumps to help weaker hearts work until a patient is ready for surgery. And to help patients with rare blockages to avoid a second open-heart surgery, we perform a procedure using a diamond “drill” to clear the blood vessel. See video.

Other examples of surgeries we offer:

Cardiac Artery Bypass Graft to create new routes for blood to flow around damaged or blocked arteries.

Heart Valve Surgery to repair or replace diseased heart valves. See a video with one of our patients. 

MAZE Procedure to correct irregular heart rhythms.


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See our videos:

Our da Vinci computer-guided heart valve procedure.

Our procedure using the tiny Impella Heart Pump for weak hearts

Rotational Atherectomy using a tiny diamond to drill through tough blockages in an artery. See video.

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One of America's 50 best hospitals for cardiac surgery in 2015