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:
Since its beginning in 1988 our pediatric heart surgeons have cared for children and adults with congenital cardiac defects. This includes patients with simple heart defects to ones with the most complex and challenging problems. The center has demonstrated excellent results in terms of mortality and complication rates through the collaborative efforts of a multidisciplinary team.
What is the Ross Procedure (or pulmonary autograft for aortic valve replacement)?
A Ross Procedure is using the pulmonary valve to replace a diseased or defective aortic valve. A pulmonary homograft (from a human donor) is used to replace the child’s own pulmonary valve. An autograft is used for the aortic valve.
What is the Systemic to Pulmonary Shunt Procedure?
The systemic to pulmonary shunt procedure is a palliative (temporary) procedure performed in children who are not getting enough blood to the lungs to be oxygenated (blue babies). The procedure connects one end of a tube to a blood vessel that supplies blood to the body and the other end to a blood vessel that supplies blood to the lungs.
Preparing for the Procedure
What is tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)?
Some children are born with a group of four heart defects that is called Tetralogy (four) of Fallot. This includes:
For decades, CVTSA surgeons repaired thoacic aortic aneurysms through open, complex and long operations. Thanks to advances in medical technology, many patients are now candidates for minimally invasive surgical repair. Our thoracic aortic aneurysm surgeons have been performing minimally invasive thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery on patients from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, since they were introduced to the market three years ago. In fact, CVTSA surgeons have one of the largest experiences with this surgery on the east coast. To make an appointment, call (703) 280-5858.
What is a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)?
Some children are born with a hole in the wall that separates the two lower chambers of the heart, called the ventricles. This hole is called a ventricular septal defect. Most VSDs are small and will close on their own. However some holes will need to be closed with cardiac surgery.
Preparing for the Procedure