Cardiac Surgery

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) Heart Center cardiac surgery specialists perform more than 12,000 cardiac procedures, including more than 550 open-heart surgeries per year. We are the region’s only open-heart surgery center.

Experts in Heart Care

NHRMC Heart Center is committed to excellence in all aspects of preventing, detecting, and treating heart disease.

The extraordinary skill and experience of physicians and staff at NHRMC, combined with the most advanced technology available, provide a superior level of care.

Patient-Focused Care

We understand each patient is a person with their own unique needs. Your surgeon carefully evaluates and plans your treatment for the best results and the fewest side effects. We actively involve your family at every stage of preparation and recovery — from our comprehensive preoperative and postsurgical teaching program to discharge planning.

Cardiac Treatment Team

You can rest assured we are experts in all heart surgeries, from minimally invasive techniques to traditional, open-heart surgery. The Cardiac Surgical Services team is specifically trained to care for patients undergoing open-heart surgery.

Our Surgical Services

While some patients are candidates for newer, less invasive techniques, others may require more traditional surgeries. NHRMC Heart Center surgeons are experienced and highly skilled in every type of procedure and always use the least invasive techniques possible.

Types of cardiac surgery performed at NHRMC Heart Center include:

Open-Heart Surgery

Open-heart surgery requires making a large incision in the chest and opening the rib cage to operate on the heart. The heart is stopped and a heart-lung bypass machine is used to maintain the heart's pumping action and move blood away from the heart while surgery is being performed.

Open-heart surgeries performed at NHRMC Heart Center include:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Atrial fibrillation treatment

Off-Pump Heart Surgery

Some patients are good candidates for off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. This procedure is performed while the patient’s heart is still beating — eliminating the need for a heart-lung machine.

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Small incisions are made between the ribs to access the heart. This is far less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery that requires a large incision and opening the breastbone to reach the heart.

Minimally invasive techniques generally require less recovery time than traditional procedures. Not all patients are good candidates for minimally invasive procedures.

Minimally invasive heart surgeries performed at NHRMC Heart Center include:

  • Coronary bypass surgeries
  • Heart valve repair or replacement surgeries
  • Pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillators implantation