Heart and Chest Surgery at CHI Franciscan Health
When choosing a surgeon, you want to be assured that your heart is in good hands. At CHI Franciscan, our heart surgeons have consistently earned a place in the top tier of cardiothoracic surgeons for quality patient outcomes.
Expert surgical care close to home
CHI Franciscan’s cardiothoracic surgeons perform complex lung and chest procedures every day — from minimally invasive procedures, such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), to traditional open surgeries. Our surgeons stay informed of the most advanced techniques and technologies, while continuing to provide personalized and compassionate care.
An experienced team
Our cardiothoracic surgeons perform hundreds of cardiac surgeries every year at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton. This high volume gives us an exceptional level of experience and expertise in heart surgery so you don’t have to travel far from home to get the best care available. Our surgeons are part of Franciscan Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates, known both regionally and nationally for their outstanding work with people suffering from conditions of the heart, lungs and chest.
You and your surgeon will work together to determine the best surgical treatment for your unique needs, whether that’s conventional or minimally invasive surgery. Our goal is to create a surgical plan designed to provide your optimal outcome.
Support and resources
Your surgical team includes physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse navigators and other clinical staff, all dedicated to superior patient care. We’re here to support you through this process, monitor your well-being and answer any questions you may have, from your first appointment through your recovery. We also see that all other aspects of your treatment, including discharge planning and follow-up care, run smoothly.
Heart and chest surgery procedures
Our cardiothoracic surgeons are experienced in a wide variety of surgeries, including:
Bypass surgery redirects a blood vessel to “bypass” blockages so we can restore blood flow to the heart. This may be a traditional (open) or minimally invasive surgery.
Heart valve surgery
This includes surgeries for repairing and replacing heart valves.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) are innovative minimally invasive approaches for patients who need aortic valve replacement but aren’t candidates for traditional valve replacement surgery.
About minimally invasive surgery
Many heart and thoracic surgeries can be performed using a minimally invasive approach. Because these surgeries don’t require dividing the breastbone, they offer the potential for fewer complications and a quicker recovery. Additionally, minimally invasive surgeries often result in less pain, scarring and loss of blood, and generally reduce the risk of infection when compared with conventional open surgery.
It’s important to note that while some conditions may be corrected with minimally invasive procedures, conventional open surgery will be the most appropriate treatment in certain cases. Your cardiothoracic surgeon will help you and your family decide which approach is best for you.
Hybrid Cardiovascular Operating Suite (Hybrid OR)
This innovative suite combines a fully equipped operating room with the advanced imaging technology of the cardiovascular labs. A hybrid OR advances our abilities to perform minimally invasive cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery. The suite enables us to perform collaborative procedures between cardiology, cardiac and vascular surgery teams, as well as new cardiac or vascular procedures and surgical therapies.
Your Heart Care Team
> Heart and Chest Surgery
When Do You Need a Heart Specialist?
Your First Cardiology Visit
Recovering from Heart Surgery
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Conditions We Treat
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Why Choose Us for Heart Care?
Heart Health: Prevention and Support