A Resource for Adult Cardiac Surgery
Health City Cayman Islands has earned distinction in cardiovascular surgery and the care of complex cardiac conditions. Each cardiovascular procedure is performed with precision and exacting standards of excellence. Whenever possible, our surgical team chooses minimally invasive procedures. In the event that a more invasive approach is required, our team uses clinically advanced best practices to reduce risk and prevent infection.
Our cardiovascular surgical services include:
Adults who were born with congenital heart defects have unique cardiac anatomy and conditions. For patients who were born with moderate to severe heart defects or had heart surgery as a child, it is beneficial to consult with one of our cardiovascular surgeons. Depending on the specific needs of each patient, our specialists can surgically improve heart function, blood flow, and oxygenation, replace valves, and in the most advanced cases – perform human and artificial heart transplantation. We offer open-heart surgery for congenital heart defects and other complex congenital lesions that cannot be surgically repaired via minimally invasive techniques.
Our cardiovascular surgeons repair aortic aneurysms regardless of where they occur in the body; thoracic aortic aneurysms in the chest cavity, thoracoabdominal aneurysms extending from the chest into the abdomen, and abdominal aortic aneurysms in the abdominal portion of the aorta. During surgery, the cardiovascular surgeon repairs or removes an aneurysm through an incision in the skin. The excess blood and plaque is removed and then stents, clips, clamps, or coils may be inserted to block the aneurysm and prevent blood from flowing into it.
Studies have demonstrated that permanent LVAD devices doubled the one-year survival rate of patients with end-stage heart failure, compared to medication therapy alone. However, implantation comes with risks including infection, stroke, and bleeding.
PTE is an 8 to 10-hour procedure that involves opening the chest and attaching the patient to a heart-lung machine, then cooling the patient's body to about 64 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperature reduces the body's need for oxygen and provides organ protection. During the critical parts of the surgery, the surgeons turn off the heart-lung machine, stopping heart circulation for up to 20 minutes to create a bloodless surgical field. Then the surgeons open the arteries blocked by chronic clots and scar tissue. They repeat the on-off process with the heart-lung bypass machine until all of the obstructing material is removed.