Cardiac Surgery & Treatment Options with CVTSA
Since 1977, cardiac surgeons of Cardiac Vascular and Thoracic Surgery Associates (CVTSA) have performed heart surgery on more than 30,000 adult and pediatric patients. During this time, we’ve had the opportunity to pioneer many new treatment and recovery approaches to ensure that we always provide cardiac patients with the safest, most efficient care possible. Currently, we are working to reduce the use of blood products in the cardiac operating room.
Some of our milestones include performing many “firsts” in the Washington, DC metropolitan area such as:
- heart transplant,
- lung transplant,
- left ventricular assist device,
- robotic surgery,
- thoracic aortic graft, and
- minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
Our goal at CVTSA is to provide you with as much information as possible about your cardiac diagnosis and treatment options. The links on the left will introduce you to our team of cardiac surgeons and nurses who will care for you. In addition, you will find information about diseases and conditions that can require surgery, the types of surgeries available and what to expect should you be scheduled for surgery. These include:
What is Repair of Coarctation of the Aorta?
Coarctation of the aorta is a malformation of the biggest blood vessel in the body (the aorta). The defect in the blood vessel makes it narrow or small. Surgery can be done to make the narrowed aorta larger.
Preparing for the Procedure
Conserving Patients' Blood in the Operating Room
At CVTSA, we are always working to ensure the safest and most effective techniques are used to care for our patients. In 2008, we implemented new protocols for blood transfusions based upon national and international research which demonstrated that long-term survival rates for those who have received a transfusion were not as good as those who had not been transfused. In addition, patients who received blood reported poorer quality of life indicators than those who did not receive blood.
What is a Fontan Procedure?
The Fontan Procedure is a surgery that is used for children with complex congenital heart disease. This procedure is only used for children who were born with only one pumping heart chamber. The procedure is designed to direct the blood coming back from the body directly to the lungs, without being pumped to the lungs by the heart.
Most patients will have had a bidirectional Glenn shunt prior to this procedure (connecting the superior vena cava to the lungs).
What is heart failure?
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs. The heart keeps pumping, but not as efficiently as a healthy heart. Usually, the loss in the heart's pumping action is a symptom of an underlying heart problem. Heart failure affects nearly 5 million adults in the United States. It is on the rise with an estimated 400,000 to 700,000 new cases each year.
What causes heart failure?
We recognize that the prospect of having a heart transplant can be both intimidating and overwhelming; not only for patients, but also for their loved ones. Our site is designed to provide you with an overview of our heart transplant program, as well as various aspects of transplantation.
What is Heart Valve Repair and Replacement in Children?
What is Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome?
For more than thirty years the surgeons at Cardiac Vascular and Thoracic Surgery Associates (CVTSA) have been involved in the treatment of mitral valve disease including both mitral valve replacement and the development of reconstructive techniques of the mitral valve. In the last ten years, our mitral valve surgeons have worked on new and innovative minimally invasive mitral valve repair and replacement approaches. When mitral valve patients in the Virginia, Maryland and DC area need mitral valve surgery, they call CVTSA. To make an appointment, please call (703) 280-5858.
What is Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Ligation?
The ductus arteriosus is a blood vessel that connects the aorta and the pulmonary artery in the fetus. That blood vessel is supposed to close when the baby is born. If it does not close, the congenital heart defect is called a patent ductus arteriosus. Cardiac surgery may be required to correct the problem.
For some cases of PDA, Coil Embolization (performed in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory) may be the best treatment option.
Preparing for the Procedure