Cardiothoracic Surgery Services

Smidt Heart Institute cardiothoracic surgeons use advanced procedures and technologies to perform the complete range of open and minimally invasive surgeries for patients with heart disease. Surgeons specialize in treatment of high-risk patients with complex conditions, specifically those with low ejection fraction and multiple previous operations.

Procedures and Technologies
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Surgery to Treat Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Atrial Fibrillation)
    • Pacemaker and defibrillator implants
    • Maze procedure, open and minimally invasive
    • Surgery to remove faulty or nonfunctioning leads (lead extraction)
  • Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
    • Robotic mitral valve repair and replacement
    • Robotic direct coronary artery bypass
    • Robotic tricuspid repair and replacement
    • Robotic repair for atrial septal defect
    • Robotic removal of intracardiac tumors
  • Aortic Procedures
    • Open and minimally invasive aortic valve replacement and repair
    • Open and minimally invasive aortic aneurysm repair
    • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair for thoracic aneurysms
    • Aortic dissection
    • Valve sparing root surgery
  • Heart Failure Surgery
    • Heart Transplant
    • Ventricular assist devices
    • Total artificial heart
    • Veno-arterial ECMO
    • Surgical myectomy for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
    • Treatment for acute pulmonary embolism
  • Adult Congenital Surgery
  • Lead Management and Extractions with Laser
  • Surgery to Treat Pulmonary Disease
Cardiac Catheterization Treatments

Cardiac catheterization involves threading a long, thin tube (a catheter) through an artery or vein in your leg or arm into the heart. Once this has been done, different procedures may be done to diagnose or treat coronary artery disease, including:

  • Injecting dye through the catheter to see the heart and its arteries (coronary angiography and angioplasty)
  • Sending electrical impulses through the catheter to study irregular heartbeats (electrophysiology studies)
  • Pacemaker and implantable defibrillator insertion
  • Percutaneous closure of defects in the septal wall of the heart.
  • Balloon valvuloplasty of valves that have become tight

You can find instructions for preparing for cardiac catheterization, angiography and electrophysiology studies under our patient guide.

Quality of Care Reporting

As part of our ongoing dedication to patients, the Smidt Heart Institute continually monitors the quality of care we provide.

This information is reported regularly to the public.

Learn more about the quality of care provided to patients having CABG surgery, aortic valve replace or mitral valve replacement.

You can also learn more about the quality of care provided to patients having a heart transplant at Cedars-Sinai.