Cardiovascular surgery has been a service of the Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center since 1983. Since that time more than 10,000 open-heart surgeries have been performed. The surgical team is made up of cardiovascular surgeons, anesthesiologists, physician assistants, nurse specialists, perfusionists, and technologists. The collaborative effort of all of these individuals has placed the West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center among the top of the nation’s hospitals performing coronary artery bypass surgery. Various services provided include coronary artery bypass, valve repair or replacement, and minimally-invasive coronary artery bypass procedures. The Surgery Center utilizes four surgical suites specifically designed for heart surgery.
West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center also offers minimally-invasive heart and valve surgery. This is done through a small incision in the side or abdomen rather than the traditional large incision. The result of the small incision is that the patients can heal quicker, have less risk of infection, and have less pain and recovery time.
Robotic microsurgery is also done at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital which allows the surgeon to use very small incisions and very small instruments to do delicate surgeries. The experience for the patient is much better, the risk for infection is lower, and the recovery time is faster than with conventional large-incision surgery.
State of the art technology and equipment as well as an outstanding cardiovascular team have resulted in excellent patient outcomes for the heart program.