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Heart and vascular surgery

If your heart or blood vessels have been damaged — by conditions such as heart failure or congenital heart abnormalities — cardiovascular surgeons work to repair them. They may use traditional surgery or minimally invasive approaches, which can enable a faster recovery for you.

Cardiovascular surgeons in Nashville, Tennessee

Our specialists help you make informed decisions about your heart care.

TriStar Medical Group's physicians offer the experience and quality care you need for routine and complex cardiovascular procedures. We give you a deeper understanding of your condition so you feel comfortable in your treatment plan.

Heart and vascular conditions we treat

Conditions affecting your arteries and your heart's valves can be intricate, which is why our specialists are highly trained to treat a variety of diseases that can affect these critical areas, including:

  • Aortic valve disease
  • Blocked or damaged arteries
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Tricuspid valve disease

Cardiovascular surgery procedures we provide

We want you to feel at ease when you put your cardiovascular care in our hands, so we offer a comprehensive suite of surgical options catered to fit your individual needs.

Cardiac surgery

Whether you require heart surgery to treat an affected valve or narrowed arteries, our cardiac care specialists understand that treatment plans are never one-size-fits-all. We ensure that you receive only the best possible option for your unique condition.

Heart valve surgery

From common to complex conditions, heart valve surgery can repair or replace damaged valves to restore normal heart function. Our specialists administer a host of advanced treatments, including:

  • Aortic homograft
  • Aortic root enlargement
  • Ross procedure
  • Sutureless aortic valve replacement
  • Stentless aortic valve replacement
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Valve repair and replacements, including the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves

Heart bypass surgery

If you have blocked or damaged coronary arteries, a coronary artery bypass (CABG) could be the most effective option to restore blood flow to the heart. This procedure uses blood vessels from other parts of the body to make a new route for blood to flow around blocked coronary arteries.

Our heart surgeons are able to perform traditional open-heart surgery, as well as other techniques, for heart bypass surgery, including:

  • Arrested heart coronary bypass — performed while the heart is stopped and connected to a heart-lung machine
  • Minimally invasive bypass — allows bypass surgery on the heart through small incisions without separating the breastbone (sternum)
  • Off-pump bypass — performed without a heart-lung machine
  • On-pump beating heart bypass — performed on the heart while it is beating without the use of a heart-lung machine, and neither the heart nor the lungs will be stopped during surgery

Vascular surgery

We use advanced diagnostic technology to track the development of plaque inside your arteries, so we can provide treatment before an intervention is necessary. However, if you are experiencing complications such as vascular disease and require a procedure, our vascular surgeons can treat most conditions through both interventional and minimally invasive vascular surgery, including:

  • Atherectomy — minimally invasive procedure where a catheter is inserted into a blocked artery, allowing your surgeon to remove plaque from within the vessels
  • Coronary angioplasty — minimally invasive procedure that involves opening the narrowed artery with a catheter to allow normal blood flow back to the heart
  • Balloon angioplasty — a type of angioplasty that increases blood flow to the heart through a balloon that is inflated to push plaque aside
  • Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) — minimally invasive procedure where special instruments are threaded through a catheter to an aneurysm, where a stent and graft are placed to support the aneurysm
  • Open carotid and femoral endarterectomy — surgical procedure performed on moderate to severe blockages of the carotid and femoral arteries where plaque is removed from their inner linings
  • Thrombectomy — surgical procedure that removes blood clots in order to restore proper blood flow and prevent complications such as pulmonary embolism and stroke

Before and after surgery

Cardiovascular surgery can be a major event, so we want you to have a full understanding of what to expect both before and after surgery.

First, before surgery you will need to undergo a series of tests and exams to ensure there are no potential complications. To this end, certain medications, including blood thinners, ACE inhibitors and anti-inflammatories, may need to be paused for a week before surgery.

Once surgery has been successfully completed, our care team will work closely with your cardiologist and primary care physician to help you get back to your life as quickly and safely as possible.

If you need any additional rehabilitation services, our team works with you to determine what is best for your condition, including what medications you may need as well as whether you require oxygen or other medical devices. We also go over the most important guidelines and restrictions you will need to follow for optimal recovery.

Our doctors will provide you with more detailed information, depending on your situation, and are here to answer any questions about what to expect before, during and after surgery.

Barbara’s story

Barbara Rowland was experiencing such severe, constant pain that she couldn't even clean her house or play with her grandchildren. At a loss with her condition, she met with Dr. Kumar Subramanian, a cardiovascular surgeon at TriStar Centennial Heart and Vascular. It was then that she found out she was experiencing a myocardial coronary bridge and successfully underwent open-heart surgery.

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