Cardiovascular surgery in Bradenton, Florida

Cardiac care services at Blake Medical Center include a spectrum of cardiovascular surgical offerings. Our hospital is equipped with specially designed cardiac operating suites, a 10-bed cardiac surgical recovery unit and a 36-bed surgical step-down unit. This ensures all the needs of open-heart surgery patients are met. There is also an on-site, 40-bed progressive care unit.

To learn more about cardiovascular surgical options at Blake Medical Center, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 359-3552.

Complete cardiovascular surgical care

Our cardiac surgeons have been performing successful open-heart surgeries for more than 30 years. Surgery is often used to correct structural heart problems or to address conditions involving the veins and arteries. Common procedures performed at our hospital include:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair—This is a form of open-chest surgery that involves removing part of the damaged aorta and replacing it with a graft.
  • Balloon angioplasty—This is a procedure that widens a blocked artery by inserting a catheter and expanding a balloon within the artery to open it up.
  • Carotid endarterectomy—This is a procedure that removes excess plaque and buildup from the carotid artery, which is located in the neck, to restore blood flow to the brain.
  • Congenital heart abnormality repair—This is a surgical repair of congenital (present at birth) heart abnormalities that are identified in adulthood.
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)—This open-heart surgery restores sufficient blood flow to the heart when the coronary arteries have become blocked or narrowed.
  • Coronary atherectomy—This procedure removes plaque that has built up in the walls of an artery to restore normal blood flow.
  • Coronary stenting—A stent is placed in the coronary artery, oftentimes following an angioplasty, to prevent the artery from becoming narrowed or blocked again.
  • Heart valve repair/replacement—These surgeries repair or replace problems with the structure of the heart, specifically the heart valves.
  • High-intensity focused ultrasound ablation—This treatment for atrial fibrillation (AFib)uses high-energy ultrasound waves that generate heat to destroy heart tissue that is contributing to AFib.
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion—This procedure inserts an ICD into the body, which is a battery-powered device that administers an electrical shock when arrhythmias are present to restore a proper rhythm.
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant—An LVAD is a surgically implanted battery-operated pump that provides assistance to the heart's chambers to effectively pump blood throughout the body.
  • Pacemaker insertion—A pacemaker is inserted in the chest to help regulate heart arrhythmias.
  • Radiofrequency ablation—This treatment for irregular heartbeats uses radiofrequency energy to ablate, or destroy, a portion of heart tissue that is causing a heart arrhythmia.
  • Valvuloplasty—This procedure widens the aortic valve when it has become narrowed. The valve is widened using a catheter with a balloon inside that is inflated once in the valve.

Dedicated surgical equipment

The operating rooms at Blake Medical Center are equipped with state-of-the-art perfusion equipment—a heart-lung machine for bypass surgery. We have perfusionists on staff who are dedicated to monitoring each patient's cardiopulmonary state throughout surgery.

Minimally invasive heart procedures

Our surgeons are always on the forefront of new surgical innovations and technologies. Minimally invasive surgery offers many benefits to surgeons and patients, including superior surgical dexterity and a faster recovery time. The following minimally invasive heart procedures are performed at our hospital:

Heart valve surgery

Our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons provide advanced valve treatment options as a part of our comprehensive cardiac and structural heart services. A cardiologist will take the time to evaluate each patient with a complex heart valve disease, such as aortic stenosis or mitral stenosis. Each patient's case is reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals to determine an optimal, customized treatment plan.

To learn more about heart valve disease treatments at Blake Medical Center, please call our nurse navigator at (941) 798-6007.

Specialists are our hospital will treat patients with any type of complex valve disease, including:

  • Aortic stenosis
  • Mitral stenosis
  • Mitral regurgitation
  • Pulmonary stenosis

Mitral valve repair and replacement

Blake Medical Center is one of only a few facilities nationally with heart surgeons achieving mitral valve repair rates, rather than replacements, above 98 percent. This means a better quality of life for patients, usually without the need for anti-coagulant medications (blood thinners).

Our cardiac surgeons perform mechanical replacements, bio-prosthetic replacements and repairs for patients with mitral valve prolapse and mitral valve regurgitation. Mitral valve prolapse occurs when blood flows back into the atrium or in the wrong direction. Mitral valve regurgitation occurs when blood leaks from a ventricle across the mitral valve and into the atrium.

The mitral valve repair/replacement team at our hospital is made up of a multidisciplinary range of healthcare specialists, including:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Cardiac nurses
  • Cardiac surgeons
  • Cardiac rehabilitation professionals
  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiovascular surgical team
  • Echocardiography technologists
  • Emergency staff
  • Infection control specialists
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Nationally certified cardiovascular operating room (OR) nurses
  • Nationally certified critical care nurses
  • Perfusionists (healthcare professional who operate the heart/lung machine during cardiac surgery)
  • Pharmacists
  • Physician assistants
  • Radiologists
  • Respiratory therapists