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Surgical Services

Heart & Vascular

Saint Luke's cardiovascular surgeons are among the finest-trained and most experienced anywhere. Our surgical teams perform the full spectrum of surgical cardiovascular interventions, including:

  • Coronary bypass
  • Aortic aneurysm repair
  • Vascular surgery
  • Lung repair
  • Esophageal repair
  • Valve repair and replacement

Care coordination and integration is supported by the close physical proximity of surgeons and cardiologists in the Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute's state-of-the-art building. The surgical team is backed up by a full complement of critical care physicians, including cardiac anesthesiologists and critical care intensivists who provide 24-7 care in a dedicated Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

Saint Luke's cardiovascular surgery program features:

  • The region’s only active adult heart transplant program and ranks among the top 25 centers nationwide for the number of adult heart transplants
  • LVADs (left ventricular assist devices) or mechanical pumps to treat heart failure patients. Through destination therapy, LVADs can provide long-term support and greatly improve the quality of life for patients not eligible for cardiac transplantation.
  • Comprehensive management of aortic disease
  • Outcomes that surpass national benchmarks for qualityFor example:
    • We exceed the national benchmark for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Registry.
    • We exceed the 2012 national benchmark for CMS measures—strategies that have been studied and shown to decrease infection, decrease complications, and decrease mortality in surgery patients.


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