We offer all types of heart surgery procedures, including many minimally invasive surgeries. Procedures we offer include:
Minimally invasive procedures
Our heart surgery team uses a minimally invasive approach whenever possible. These techniques can help improve recovery time and reduce your hospital stay. Most of our patients go home within a day or two of the procedure.
Minimally invasive and transcatheter treatments use small incisions to access your heart valves and arteries. We make these incisions on the side of the chest or abdomen. We can also access the heart using catheters, which we insert into an artery in the wrist or groin. Our highly skilled surgeons then use small tools and imaging to perform the surgery.
Because minimally invasive procedures don’t need a large chest incision, most of our patients can go home a day or two after surgery. Recovery time is also shorter, which means you can return to normal activities faster.
Cardiac catheterization labs
Our team has access to advanced cardiac catheterization labs. These labs allow us to offer the latest catheter-based treatments.
During these procedures, the team places a catheter in an artery to access a heart valve or a blockage. Then, interventional cardiologists insert small tools into the catheter to repair or replace the valve or remove the blockage. The team also uses the lab’s detailed imaging to help guide the catheter and tools.
Cardiac catheterization labs also provide more precise and effective treatments with less radiation and faster treatment times. The average procedure time in our labs is 50 minutes.
Heart rhythm procedures
With advanced electrophysiology labs at Roper Hospital, our team is a leader in the latest minimally invasive treatments for heart rhythm conditions. Roper Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the state that offer convergent ablation treatment, which combines minimally invasive heart surgery with an electrophysiology (ablation) procedure. We were also the first hospital in South Carolina to implant 300 WATCHMAN devices.
Before you undergo treatment, your care team will coordinate all post-surgery care and appointments. This may include follow-up with your cardiologist and surgeon, cardiac rehabilitation and nutrition counseling. We’ll also make sure to talk with you and your caregiver about your recovery at home after the procedure.