Cardiovascular Care at NCH

Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery


Cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons at NCH treat people with disorders of the heart, lung and chest.

Skilled in complex procedures of the heart

When heart blockage symptoms are severe and coronary arteries are blocked, surgery may be recommended. Working with your Cardiologist, NCH Cardiovascular Surgeons have experience treating people with cardiovascular conditions using the most current surgical techniques including:

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery - For the treatment of coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease and cause of heart attacks, a healthy blood vessel is transplanted from another part of the body to the heart to replace or bypass a diseased vessel.  This procedure is also known as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG, pronounced "cabbage") surgery, and often referred to as "bypass surgery."
  • Off-pump coronary artery bypass - A form of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery performed without a heart-lung machine.  This state-of-the-art technique uses special tools to repair the affected area while the rest of the heart remains active.
  • Aortic Valve replacement - This involves repair or replacement of a defective or diseased heart valve. Aortic valve replacement approaches include open heart surgery and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. 
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement - An open heart procedure that involves either replacing or repairing the the diseased valve to ensure proper blood flow
  • Maze Procedure - An open heart cardiac surgery procedure that treats fast or irregular heart rhythms (atrial fibrillation oarrhythmia) by eliminating damaged electrical pathways in the heart

Accomplished in operating on diseases that occur in the organs inside the chest

A thoracic surgeon is a medical doctor who performs operations on the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest.  Our board-certified thoracic surgeons at NCH provide comprehensive thoracic surgical care to our patients similar to academic centers. These treatments are for both benign and malignant disorders of the chest including:

  • Lobectomy and pneumonectomy for lung cancer. These procedures are performed in a lesser invasive fashion and include video-assisted lobectomy.
  • Thymectomy for benign and malignant thymic tumors
  • Mediastinoscopy for staging of lung cancer and for sampling of inflammatory lymph nodes such as sarcoidosis
  • Video-assisted thorascoscopic lung biopsy, wedge reconstruction, decortication, pleural biopsy and pleurodesis
  • Lung Volume Reduction to treat bullous emphysema of the lung
  • Video-assisted thorascopic resection of Paravertebral Neurogenic Tumors
  • Esophageal resection for cancer and reconstruction for motility disorder of the esophagus
  • Tracheal resection, reconstruction and tracheostomy
  • Resection of thoracic masses including bronchogenic, para-esophageal, or neurogenic cyst
  • Cervical sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis
  • Treatment of disorders of the diaphragm including diaphragm plication for paralyzed phrenic nerve and repair of diaphragmatic hernia
  • Treatment of sternal disorders including pectus excavatum
  • Rib resection and fixation for traumatic fracture
  • Thoracic duct ligation for treatment of chylothorax
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Our multidisciplinary cardiovascular team is comprised of experts in cardiac specialties including: cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, vascular surgeons, thoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists, advanced practice nurses and physicians assistants. We work together to assess a patients needs and ensure a detailed care plan is developed for each patient.

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David A. DeBoer, MD

Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery

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