Cardiothoracic Services & Procedures

Loma Linda University Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers comprehensive surgical procedures for all cardiac and thoracic diseases of the chest.BaileyRazzouk

Procedures Performed

Adult Cardiac Surgery

Surgery for Heart Valves

•    Aortic Valve Repair/Replace
•    Mitral Valve Repair/Replace
•    Pulmonary Valve Repair/Replace
•    Tricuspid Valve Repair/Replace
•    Valve Sparing Aortic Root Surgery
•    Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
•    Trans Catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
•    Valve Surgery for Endocarditis

Surgery for Coronary Artery Disease
•    Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) On-Pump
•    Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) or Beating heart surgery (Off-Pump)
•    Minimally invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)  

Surgery for Aortic Disease
•    Aortic Dissection (Acute or Chronic)
•    Aortic Aneurysms
•    Marfan’s Syndrome
•    Endovascular Therapy (Approach)

Surgery for Heart Failure

•    Ventricular Assist Devices (VADS)
•    Surgical Ventricular Reduction (SVR)
•    Heart Transplantation

Surgery for Heart Arrhythmia’s (Rhythm Disorders)

•    MAZE Ablation in Combination With Other Valve Surgery
•    Total Thoracoscopic MAZE Procedure

Thoracic Surgery 

Minimally Invasive Lung Surgery

•    Lobectomy
•    Segmentectomy
•    Pneumonectomy
•    Chest Wall Resection

Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery

•    Esophagectomy (MIE)
•    Nissen / Re-do Nissen
•    Giant Paraesophageal Hernia
•    Esophagomyotomy (Heller)
•    Diverticula / Zenker’s
•    Esophageal perforation

Endoscopic Esophageal Surgery

•    Flexible Esophagoscopy
•    Rigid Esophagoscopy
•    Foreign body retrieval
•    Stricture dilation
•    Stenting
•    Fistula closure
•    Feeding access

Endoscopic Airway Surgery

•    Flexible bronchoscopy
•    EBUS
•    Rigid bronchoscopy
•    Foreign body retrieval
•    Stenting
•    Laser ablation
•    Stricture Dilation

Chest Wall

•    Rib Resection
•    Chest Wall Tumor
•    Soft Tissue Chest Wall Tumor
•    Pectus Carinatum (open/minimally invasive)
•    Pectus Excavatum (open/minimally invasive)


•    Anterior Mediastinal Mass (benign/malignant)
•    Posterior Mediastinal Mass (benign/malignant)
•    Middle Mediastinal Mass  (benign/malignant)

Tracheal Surgery

•    Malignant Tracheal Resection
•    Benign Tracheal Resection


•    Hyperhydrosis

Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

Heart Defects that Reduce Blood Oxygen

•    Tetralogy of Fallot
•    Transposition of the Great Arteries
•    Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC)
•    Truncus Arteriosis

Acquired Heart and Coronary artery Defects

•    Hypertropic and Dilated Cardiomyopathy
•    Myocarditis
•    Endocarditis
•    Pericarditis
•    Kawasaki disease
•    Aneurysms of the Aorta
•    Abnormal Origin of a Coronary Artery

Holes Between Chambers of the Heart

•    Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
•    Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
•    Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
•    Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
•    Atrio-Ventricular Canal

Heart Valve Defects and Obstructions to Circulation

•    Aortic Valve Stenosis and/or Regurgitation
•    Mitral Valve and/or Regurgitation
•    Pulmonary Valve and/or Regurgitation
•    Coarctation of the Aorta

Surgery for Heart Rhythm Disorders

•    Pacemaker
•    Ablation

Hearts With Only One Pumping Chamber

•    Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
•    Tricuspid Atresia
•    Univentricular Hearts