Cardiovascular surgery in Roanoke, Virginia
When your heart, veins or arteries need surgery, trust the cardiovascular specialists at LewisGale Medical Center. Our cardiothoracic surgical team has performed thousands of successful heart surgeries and is trained in the most advanced surgical procedures available.
To learn more about the types of heart and vascular surgeries we provide, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (877) 242-2362.
Our cardiovascular surgery program
When you put your heart in the hands of the cardiovascular team at LewisGale Medical Center, you benefit from:
- Board-certified physicians
- Personal attention, long-term relationships and individual patient care
- Integrated and coordinated care throughout the HCA Virginia healthcare network
- A healthcare partnership that supports you and your primary care provider for excellent care close to home
Heart and vascular conditions we treat
As part of our complete cardiac program, our heart care team uses minimally invasive and open surgical methods to treat many types of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, including:
- Aortic aneurysms
- Aortic dissections
- Aortic stenosis
- Cardiac arrest
- Cardiac failure
- Chest pain
- Heart arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation (AFib) and ventricular arrhythmia
- Peripheral artery disease
- Respiratory conditions
- Valve diseases
Minimally invasive heart surgery
In some cases, we can insert a catheter through a small incision to diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases. This technique allows our specialists to treat the problem without cutting open the chest, which means less time on the operating table and a quicker recovery.
Minimally invasive heart care that we offer includes:
- Cardiac ablation — a technique in which extreme heat, cold or targeted radiation destroys selected heart cells that create various arrhythmias
- Cardiac assist device implantation — pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators that monitor heart rhythm and correct irregular rhythms
- Cardiac catheterization — a procedure that involves inserting a catheter into a blood vessel and guiding it to the affected area, then taking X-rays to assess the heart and blood supply
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and interventional cardiology — procedures that quickly open blocked arteries using angioplasty, atherectomy or stenting
Other cardiovascular surgeries we perform
We are trained and experienced in other types of heart and vascular surgeries, including:
- Abdominal aortic and endovascular aneurysm repair — surgery that treats and repairs bulges in the walls of the abdominal aorta
- Cardiothoracic surgery — any procedure performed on organs in the chest, including the lungs
- Carotid artery surgery — removing blockages in the carotid artery leading to the brain
- Coronary artery bypass (minimally invasive and off-pump) — bypassing a blocked artery by grafting a healthy blood vessel and directing blood flow through it
- Heart valve repair and replacement (including transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR) — making repairs to a diseased valve or replacing it with a mechanical or tissue valve
- Peripheral artery bypass — surgery to reroute blood flow around a blocked artery in one or both legs
Vascular surgery for varicose veins
Most of the time, varicose veins (also called spider veins) cause no symptoms, but these veins may become painful. Legs with varicose veins may feel worse with prolonged sitting or standing.
Common symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Aching pain
- Darkening of the skin
- Easily tired legs
- Leg heaviness
- Leg swelling
- Numbness in the legs
- Rash on the legs
- Skin ulcers
We offer a minimally invasive treatment option for varicose veins. Our surgeons perform the procedure on an outpatient basis using ultrasound and a catheter to deliver heat into the vein wall. The heat effectively seals the vein closed and allows blood to flow through other healthy blood vessels.
Patients who undergo this procedure typically can resume normal activities within one day.
Once you have undergone heart or vascular surgery, you may be referred to our cardiac rehabilitation program. Cardiac rehabilitation aims to return patients to a healthy lifestyle and may include education on adopting a healthy lifestyle as well as exercises to strengthen your heart.
Your surgical care team
You benefit from our specialists' combined expertise, backed by a team of highly trained nurses, technicians, therapists, rehabilitation specialists and others who deliver excellent cardiovascular care. Our team of medical specialists includes:
- Cardiothoracic surgeons
- Cardiac physician assistants