Heart surgery specialists specialists
At Ascension Sacred Heart Bay, our cardiothoracic surgeons are leaders in advanced surgical care for heart conditions. Our surgeons are part of our multispecialty heart care team, and we perform many procedures to surgically treat chest diseases, trauma injuries and vascular diseases.
Thoracic surgery services
Your heart specialist, pulmonary medicine specialist, or primary care doctor may refer you to a cardiothoracic surgeon. If you are seeking a second opinion, our surgeons are available for a consultation. Our care team will help you get started and work with you to make sure you get the care you need, including care for:
- Coronary artery blockage
- Heart valve disease
- Aortic aneurysm
- Heart failure
- Irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia)
Panama City's Leader in Heart Care
The Ascension Sacred Heart Bay Heart Institute is the only comprehensive heart and vascular program in the Panama City area. Our team leads Bay County in number of heart surgeries, and we are the only area hospital performing open-heart surgery.
Ascension Sacred Heart Bay is also the only area hospital offering electrophysiology studies (EP), which are used in diagnosing patients who suffer from a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia). Our Panama City campus includes the area’s only cardiovascular intensive care unit.
With five cardiac catheterization labs, Ascension Sacred Heart Bay offers angioplasty and stent placement to open clogged blood vessels in the heart. In addition, Ascension Sacred Heart Bay offers many specialized technologies to treat rhythm disorders, including new cryoablation technology to treat atrial fibrillation.
Our cardiac staff is trained to care for the unique needs of heart patients. Patients often recover in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation – our outpatient program that allows patients to begin an exercise program under monitored medical supervision and guidance.
From routine procedures to complex cases, have confidence knowing we can deliver the heart care that's right for you.
Open Heart & Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Ascension Sacred Heart Bay is the only area hospital performing open-heart surgery, and our cardiovascular surgeons lead the region in number of heart surgeries performed annually, including bypass surgeries, ventricular reconstruction, and valve repair and replacement such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
Our team is trained in a variety of specialized procedures, such as beating-heart surgery, in which surgeons use a special piece of equipment to stabilize the section of the heart being operated on, keeping that section motionless during the procedure. To help speed recovery following bypass surgery, our team uses less invasive endoscopic methods for obtaining blood vessels.
Minimally invasive robotic heart procedures, including mitral valve repair and bypass, are also offered in select cases. In select cases, some heart procedures can be performed through smaller incisions without opening the chest. Our cardiothoracic surgeons have all received specialized training in the use of daVinci robotic technology for both heart and lung procedures. Compared to traditional surgery, the benefits of robotic surgery include:
- No need for a sternotomy (an 8-10 inch incision through the breastbone)
- Reduced risk of surgical complications
- Shorter hospital stay and faster recovery
- Higher long-term survival
- Less pain and scarring
- Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions