Heart Services at Tripler Army Medical Center
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG) - We do most of our
CABGs off pump with the heart beating and not connected to the heart-lung
machine. When the vein from the leg is used, we remove it using a small
incision using an endoscopic minimally invasive technique.
Valve Surgery - Whenever possible, we preserve your valve by repairing it. If a replacement is required, mechanical or tissue valves are used.
Aortic Surgery - We do both aortic aneurysm surgery and aortic dissection
surgery. Wherever possible, we try to preserve the aortic valve using
different techniques. In certain patients, we insert thoracic stent grafts percutaneously, avoiding major surgery.
Surgery for atrial fibrillation - We use different modes to perform this surgery. This is
usually done in conjunction with an open heart procedure.
Surgery of cardiac tumors - Cardiac tumors are rare, but can be safely removed, in certain
Thoracic Surgery - All surgeries to the lung and chest are performed here. Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery is performed frequently, whenever possible.
What you can expect after your surgery:
The average stay after heart surgery is one day in the ICU and between 2-6 days on the telemetry
ward. You will be in your own individual room during your entire stay. Physical Therapy
will be provided to get you in the best possible shape for life at home. You will receive
dietary counseling and offered smoking cessation program information. Our nurse
educator/clinical nurse specialist will provide you and your family education on how to
manage your postoperative period and will also connect you to different agencies available
for additional support.