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Department of Surgery Referrals Patient Clinician Researcher

Surgical Procedures & Innovations

At Columbia University Medical Center, our physicians are trained in the most advanced procedures available, including minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, valve repair and replacement, cardiac assist devices, and transplantation. These procedures are changing the face of cardiac care and bringing it to higher levels of clinical efficacy and patient comfort than ever before. Our surgeons are also experts in the treatment of patients who may have previously been considered too high risk for surgical intervention, or who have undergone previous and often complex open-heart surgery in the past. To learn more about the procedures and innovations currently performed at CUMC, click on the links below. For more information on the specific diseases that these procedures treat, please go to the Cardiac Diseases section of the website.

Aortic surgery is used to treat aneurysms (weakenings), dissections (tears), and ruptures (breaking open) of the aorta, the main blood vessel leading from the heart.

Atrial fibrillation: Columbia surgeons are skilled in a variety of surgical solutions to atrial fibrillation, including the MAZE procedure, surgical atrial fibrillation ablation (SAFA), totally endoscopic beating heart atrial fibrillation ablation, and radiofrequency pulmonary vein isolation.

Cardiac assist devices, also known as ventricular assist devices (VADs), are used in the mechanical management of congestive heart failure as both bridges to transplant and as "destination therapies" for end-stage heart failure.

Coronary artery bypass grafting is the recommended treatment for people with disabling angina, or those who have a severely blocked left main coronary artery.

Heart transplantation is often the final option for patients with severe coronary artery disease or heart muscle disease who are at high risk of dying within one or two years.

Minimally invasive & robotic cardiac surgery employs smaller incisions than traditional open heart surgery, reducing postoperative pain, recovery times, and scarring for patients.

Pacemakers and defibrillators , or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), are mechanical treatments for heart arrhythmia, used to give electrical shocks to the heart to restore regular rhythm.

Pediatric cardiac surgery at Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is consistently ranked among the best in the nation.

The Ross procedure is a surgical option for children and young adults with diseased aortic valves or aortic valve failure.

A range of heart valve repair and replacement techniques are available, including the innovative Bow-tie procedure and the EVEREST II clinical trial for non-invasive mitral valve repair.

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