Cardiovascular surgeons in Florida's Treasure Coast

At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, we work with patients to diagnose and treat heart conditions. We always prioritize noninvasive methods, such as lifestyle changes and medication management, to correct cardiac problems, but sometimes an invasive procedure is needed to correct or prevent a major issue.

While heart surgery is a significant undertaking, you can trust our cardiologists and heart specialists to deliver the best care possible in St. Lucie County.

For more information about the heart and vascular surgeries we perform, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (772) 742-9050.

Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab, which has served the Treasure Coast since 1988, provides our physicians with the diagnostic tools needed to tell if patients would benefit from an interventional procedure, such as angioplasty or coronary stent placement. If one of these interventional approaches won't fix a heart problem, we can perform heart surgery, such as coronary artery bypass grafting or valvular repair and replacement.

Open-heart surgery

Open-heart surgery is any invasive procedure where cardiothoracic surgeons operate on the heart’s muscles, valves or arteries. We perform a variety of open-heart surgeries as part of our cardiology services, including:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting: Grafting is a treatment option to improve blood flow to the heart. It’s often performed following a heart attack or to lower a patient’s risk of heart disease. During this procedure, we’ll reroute blood vessels so blood can flow around narrow or blocked coronary arteries.
  • Valvular repair or replacement: If one of the heart's valves is damaged, we can perform minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to repair or replace the valve(s).

Endoscopic vein harvesting for bypass surgery

Endoscopic vein harvesting is a minimally invasive procedure that allows us to obtain veins for bypass through a one-inch incision in the patient’s leg. Traditional harvesting requires a much larger incision, so the endoscopic approach reduces pain and scarring and increases recovery times for patients.