Sophisticated Heart Surgery in the Heart of Marin
Marin General Heart surgeons have been performing successful heart and vascular procedures for over 20 years, and we are the only hospital in Marin with a heart surgery program. Our excellent outcomes have earned us consistently high ratings from the California CABG Reporting Program and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database. In addition to supporting the cardiologists in the Cath Lab and collaborating with local cardiologists, our surgical team has worked with cardiologists from all over the country. From the initial consultation to postoperative hospital checkups, we can ensure a smooth continuum of care.
The Heart Room
Our dedicated team of expert heart surgeons and their assisting surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac perfusionists, cardiovascular nurse practitioners, and surgical nurses operates in a specially equipped “heart room.” Our board-certified cardiac anesthesiologists have special training in intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography which, when valvular surgery is being performed, provides real-time optimal views of the progress of the valve repair or replacement.
After surgery, patients undergo 24-hour observation by specially trained cardiac nurses in our Intensive Care Unit (ICU). An intensivist (a physician who specializes in intensive care) is available around the clock to care for ICU patients. After several days in the ICU, patients progress to the Cardiac Specialty Unit for the remainder of their hospital stay.
We offer a full complement of adult heart surgery, including:
- Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
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). During CABG, a healthy artery or vein from the body is connected, or grafted, to the blocked coronary artery. The grafted artery or vein bypasses (that is, goes around) the blocked portion of the coronary artery. This creates a new path for oxygen-rich blood to flow to the heart muscle.
- Maze Procedure
Atrial fibrillation is caused by irregularities in the transmission of electrical impulses through the heart. During the maze procedure, a number of incisions are made on the heart. These incisions heal and form scar tissue, which does not conduct electricity and disrupts the path of abnormal electrical impulses, preventing the abnormal heart rhythm.
- Valve Surgery
There are several types of valve surgeries, and they may be combined into a single procedure, based on the individual patient’s needs.
Please visit our valve surgery page for procedure details.