Reoperative Heart Surgery
Reoperative (also called "repeat" or "redo") heart surgery is becoming more and more common as people get older and live longer because of their first heart operation.
Quality of life can be dramatically improved by a repeat or redo heart surgery that helps the heart beat more efficiently.
At UVA, we do many different types of repeat heart surgeries:
- Percutaneous (done with a needle-puncture of the skin)
- Minimally invasive (performed with small incisions in the chest)
- Traditional open sternotomy (breast bone is opened to perform the surgery)
Redo Heart Procedures Performed at UVA
Reoperative cardiac procedures at UVA include the following:
- Redo heart valve repairs (aortic and mitral)
- Redo heart bypass surgery
- Redo aneurysm repairs
Benefits of Redo Heart Surgery at UVA
- Longer life
- More energy and less fatigue
- Less chest pain
UVA's Experience in Redo Surgery
UVA's experience with reoperative cardiac surgery is unmatched in the region. Patients needing reoperative heart surgery are often referred to UVA from smaller hospitals because of our expertise. We're also the referral center for patients with complex heart diseases, especially patients who have had prior heart surgery.
Your heart team will include surgeons, cardiologists, echocardiographers, nurse practitioners and more — all dedicated specialists focused solely on heart surgery.
Less Invasive Treatment Options
Percutaneous Procedures for Aortic and Mitral Valves
Most procedures to repair or replace aortic and mitral valves are done with traditional or minimally invasive open heart surgery.
Many patients can't have these procedures because their age, health and previous surgical procedures put them at high risk. These patients are particularly well-suited for percutaneous valve repairs, which are done with a small incision in the leg or on the side of the chest and without stopping the heart during the procedure.
UVA is the only hospital in Virginia performing percutaneous aortic valve replacement and percutaneous mitral valve repair. In fact, UVA is one of the few hospitals in the country that perform both percutaneous aortic and mitral surgery. Because of our experience and expertise, we can provide multiple treatment options for patients and help you choose the best approach for your condition.
Benefits of Less Invasive Procedures
The benefits of these less invasive procedures include less pain, more rapid recovery time and quicker return to work than with traditional surgery options.
Redo Aneurysm Repairs
Aneurysms are a progressive disease, which means the condition usually worsens, or progresses, over time. Patients who've had one aneurysm are at risk for the development of others, especially in other areas of the heart. UVA's surgeons are experienced in repairing aneurysms, especially in areas close to a previously repaired aneurysm. These operations can be particularly challenging if they aren't performed by surgeons with experience.