No matter the procedure, St. Francis patients and their loved ones can count on the highest degree of reliability and safety. The hospital is large enough to employ the latest technology yet small enough to maintain the all-important human touch, so critical to success in medicine.
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Cardiothoracic Surgery - An Overview
Studies consistently show that patients fare better when they go to physicians and hospitals that perform a high volume of procedures. In a recent analysis by The New York Times, St. Francis Hospital was ranked number one in the Tri-State area in cardiac surgery caseload and in the number of surgeons with the most experience. This experience provides the Hospital with a strong foundation on which to explore new approaches to care for patients who otherwise might not have had treatment options. For example, St. Francis Hospital recently became one of the first centers to introduce mini-maze surgery to treat atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disturbance that can cause potentially fatal symptoms. St. Francis surgeons have also begun to explore the application of robotic surgical technology to cardiac surgery, important work that is taking place today but which promises even greater benefits and faster recoveries for patients tomorrow.
- Coronary artery disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Valve disease
- Aortic stenosis
- Aortic insufficiency
- Aortic and arch aneurysms
- Aortic dissections
- Mitral valve regurgitation
- Mitral valve stenosis
- Complex thoracic aortic disease
- Atrial fibrillation
- Atrial septal defects
- Congestive heart failure
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: On and Off Pump - Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is perhaps the best-known type of cardiac surgery. Using portions or grafts of a patient’s own veins or arteries, surgeons provide a new source of blood flow around blocked coronary arteries. In on-pump bypass surgery, the surgeon opens the patient’s chest, stops the patient’s heart, and places the patient on a heart-lung machine while the operation takes place. In the newer, minimal access, off-pump procedures, surgeons are able to operate directly on the beating heart.
Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery - Heart valve disease has potentially serious consequences for heart function, often blocking or reversing the natural flow of blood through the heart. To treat valve disease, surgeons either repair the patient's valve or replace it with a tissue or mechanical valve. Minimally invasive techniques are the preferred approach to valve repair surgery for appropriate candidates. In addition, through the Everest II clinical trial, a team at St. Francis is investigating a promising non-invasive, interventional approach to valve repair using the Evalve clip.
Atrial Fibrillation Surgery - An estimated two million Americans live with irregular heart rhythms, called arrhythmias. Atrial fibrillation is a form of arrhythmia that can lead to stroke, congestive heart failure, or cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart. In addition to treatments such as radiofrequency ablation at our world-renowned Arrhythmia and Pacemaker Center, St. Francis Hospital also offers the latest minimally invasive surgical treatments, such as mini-maze procedure, that can restore proper heart rhythm function.
St. Francis Ranks Among the Best
U.S. News & World Report once again ranks St. Francis the Top Hospital on Long Island, as well as High Performing in five specialties.
Best Nurses, Magnet Recognized
St. Francis Hospital has earned the coveted Magnet award for excellence in nursing.
Cardiac Fitness & Rehabilitation
St. Francis offers the largest medically-supervised program on Long Island