The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute uses advanced technologies and procedures available to perform the complete range of invasive and minimally invasive surgeries for patients with heart disease.
Specialists at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute were among the first to implant the St. Jude mechanical heart valve, negating the need for a living donor. For patients with end-stage heart failure, the Institute's surgeons may implant the HeartMate® left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to manage the mechanical function of the heart's left ventricle. This can either be a destination therapy allowing the patient to return home with the device, or for patients who are transplant candidates, it can stabilize the patient and allow more time and better health while awaiting a heart transplant.
Heart surgery remains an effective treatment for many conditions of the heart that cannot be corrected by medication or lifestyle changes to manage heart attack risks.