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Cardiac Procedures

We perform a range of cardiac surgeries both elective and emergency.  Coronary artery bypass is one of the most common surgeries and is performed via a median sternotomy or open heart surgery. I spent time in the USA learning a minimal invasive approach for aortic valve surgery which we perform in most cases.  We have performed minimal invasive approach to mitral valve disease for the last 5 years.

Cardiac surgery has risks and there is a recovery period but cardiac surgery is safe and beneficial at advanced age for active folks. A quarter of heart surgery patients on the Gold Coast are over 80 years of age at the time of surgery.

Cardiac operations performed by this practice include:

Aortic Valve Replacement

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a type of surgery that improves blood flow to the heart. Surgeons use  CABG to treat people who have severe coronary heart disease (CHD). CHD is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries​.

Aortic valve replacement is a procedure in which a patient's failing aortic valve is replaced with an artificial valve. The aortic valve can be affected by a range of diseases; the valve can either become leaky or blocked. Current aortic valve replacement approaches include open heart surgery via a sternotomy, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVI)

Mitral Valve Repair/Tricuspid Valve Repair

Mitral valve repair is a cardiac surgery procedure is performed to treat stenosis or regurgitation of the mitral valve. The mitral valve is the "inflow valve" for the left side of the heart. Blood flows from the lungs, where it picks up oxygen, through the pulmonary veins, to the left atrium of the heart. After the left atrium fills with blood, the mitral valve allows blood to flow from the left atrium into the heart's main pumping chamber called the left ventricle. It then closes to keep blood from leaking back into the left atrium or lungs when the ventricle contracts to push blood out to the body

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) allows a new artificial aortic valve to be inserted via a cathether (hollow tube) through an artery in your groin. The valve is then inserted into your heart and placed in position within the opening of the aortic valve. 

This is a minimally invasive surgery compared to the traditional open heart surgery. Dr Anderson will discuss with you if you are a suitable candidate.

Aortic Root & Arch Surgery

The aortic root is a section of the aorta closest to and attached to the heart. The aortic root consists of the aortic valve and the openings of the coronary arteries. 

Aortic Root and Arch Surgery can involve removing a section of your aorta and your aortic valve and replacing the aorta with an artificial graft. Your aortic valve will be replaced with either a mechanical or biologial valve. 

Cardiac Tumours

Cardiac Tumours are rare abnormal growths within the heart or heart valves. These growths can either be malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous).  

Abnormal growths inside the heart can block blood flow, valve damage and increase the risk of stroke. The tumour is removed via minimally invasive surgery.

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