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St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT

Complex Heart Surgery
at St. Vincent’s

Cardiology-Heart Services - St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT

Cardiovascular & cardiothoracic surgery at St. Vincent's

St. Vincent’s Regional Heart & Vascular Center offers a nationally recognized and award-winning program performing complex cardiovascular and cardiothoracic  surgery with state-of-the-art interventions in coronary bypass surgery, advanced aortic aneurysm surgery, and complex aortic valve surgery and mitral valve repair surgery, producing excellent outcomes for patients on both an elective or emergency basis.

Cardiac surgeons at St. Vincent’s are trained in all adult cardiac surgery techniques as well as esophageal surgery and robotic lung surgery while peripheral and vascular disease surgery that addresses abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery blockages and other vascular-related diseases are treated by trained vascular surgeons.  

Surgical patients at St. Vincent’s benefit from a combination of factors: highly skilled surgeons who bring with them the most advanced techniques and are assisted by superbly trained surgical teams the latest in cutting-edge medical technology and equipment. Now even people in their nineties, who in the past were considered too frail for surgery, are candidates for procedures and do well.

Skilled cardiac surgeons

Led by Cardiothoracic Surgery Chief Rafael Squitieri, MD, and Minimally Invasive Surgery Chief Albert DiMeo, MD, the team has saved lives by perfecting the most complex heart surgeries, including aortic replacement surgery, with success well above the national average. Learn more about our St. Vincent's surgical team

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery

When angioplasty is not an option to clear a blocked artery, your doctor may refer you to a St. Vincent’s cardiac surgeon for a coronary artery bypass graft, which in effect, detours around the area of blockage using a vein from the leg to restore blood flow to the heart. Minimally invasive techniques used for this procedure at St. Vincent’s include endoscopic vein harvesting or making small incisions to take veins from the leg to create a bypass around the diseased arteries.(see Minimally Invasive Surgery)


Staying ahead of the curve with critical surgical improvements also works in concert with acquisition of the newest diagnostic technology and medical devices. The innovative Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) in use at St. Vincent’s, allows the heart to rest after a heart attack, helping to ensure that any surgery necessary to correct underlying problems will be more successful. 

Minimally invasive surgery

Lessening the trauma of any operation is the concern of our surgeons.  St. Vincent’s is now at the vanguard of the minimally invasive surgical approach to treatment of cardiothoracic disease with dramatic results. These minimally invasive techniques result in much less blood loss and shorter recovery times.

Minimally invasive heart valve surgeries can be performed to correct atrial fibrillation, or “A-fib,” characterized by an irregular heartbeat. Surgeons at St. Vincent’s also perform the delicate repair of the mitral valve, a particularly vulnerable part of the heart, which actually offers longer, even life-long effectiveness, far beyond the earlier mitral valve replacement procedure.

Robot & hybrid OR technology 

With the introduction at St. Vincent’s of robot technology in the form of the da Vinci Robot SI System, (see da Vinci Robot) the latest most advanced model of robotic technology, and the Hybrid OR (see Hybrid OR), where both surgical and catheter-based vascular/cardiovascular interventions or operations can be performed, St. Vincent’s has entered a new era in cardiovascular  surgery and treatment. These new technologies are set to transform cardiac surgery and interventions in many ways that will benefit the safety, comfort and outcomes for our patients. Learn more about St. Vincent's Robot Assist Surgical Program and Physicians.

State-of-the-art operating suites

St. Vincent's state-of-the-art operating suite includes eight pre-operative bays, 10 operating suites and 12 Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) beds. The surgical suite consolidates all major pre- and post-operative procedures areas, and also features an endoscopy system for minimally invasive surgery, more space, advanced lighting and modular storage built-ins. Learn more about St. Vincent's operating suites.

Comprehensive program

The comprehensive surgical program at St. Vincent’s earns the highest marks for success: outstanding outcomes, low rates of mortality, complications, infection, hemorrhage, or need of repeat surgery. Experienced surgical teams ensure excellence through continual care monitoring. Care is truly one-on-one, with patients at the center of attention from admission to rehabilitation.

Heart surgery procedures:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery 
  • Off Pump or Beating Heart Bypass Surgery 
  • Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery 
  • Mini Maze Procedure  
  • Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib) Endoscopic Surgery 
  • Pericardial Window Procedure 
  • Aortic Arch Replacement 
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Bentall Procedure: Aortic Valve and Aortic Arch repair 
  • Atrial Septal Defect Repair 
  • Ventricular Septal Defect Repair 
  • Permanent Pacemaker Placement 
  • Biventricular Pacemaker Placement

Thoracic surgery

The cardiothoracic surgery team at St. Vincent's has extensive experience with videoscopic techniques for thoracic surgical procedures (resection and diagnosis of lung tumors, drainage of recurrent effusions, etc.) and procedures involving diseases of the thoracic aortia (aneurysms, dissections).

Thoracic surgery procedures:

  • Pleurex Tube Placement 
  • Thoracotomy 
  • Mini-Thoracotomy for lung wedge resections 
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)-minimally invasive technique 
  • Talc Pleurodesis
  • Robotic Procedures

St. Vincent's Medicial Center: Surgical expertise when you need it most.

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