Cardiac Surgery

UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of the nation’s leading centers for cardiac surgery, providing comprehensive, advanced procedures for aortic disorders, atrial fibrillation, bypass, congenital heart disease, heart failure, and valve disease.

Our cardiovascular surgeons are widely recognized by their peers as authorities in the innovative and effective use of surgical procedures to improve heart health and achieve impressive outcomes.

Our cardiac surgeons are specially trained in a variety of surgical procedures, such as:

  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
  • Minimally invasive heart valve surgery
  • Traditional heart valve surgery
  • Surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation


Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is one of the most effective treatments for coronary artery disease and heart failure, greatly improving blood flow to the heart and helping to limit the effects of the No. 1 health threat to men and women in the United States. The procedure can also reduce chest pain and significantly decrease the risk of experiencing a heart attack.

Our CABG surgeons and cardiologists will develop a specific plan of action for your particular condition and structure your surgery accordingly. By using a blood vessel graft from your arm, leg, or chest, a cardiovascular surgeon will bypass one or more arteries that have narrowed from the buildup of plaque. The procedure can allow you to return to a normal lifestyle by relieving symptoms of coronary artery disease, including shortness of breath and angina.

Valve Surgery

If you have experienced heart valve damage and your specific condition permits it, we can provide minimally invasive heart valve surgery. The procedure is performed using small incisions and lessens the length of a hospital stay. If you are a candidate for traditional heart valve surgery, a surgeon will repair or replace one or more of your heart valves to protect against further damage, improve heart function, and decrease symptoms.

Surgery to Correct Abnormal Heart Rhythm

In cases where medication is insufficient for treating atrial fibrillation, which is an abnormal heart rhythm, our surgeons can perform advanced procedures to control the heart rate and help prevent the dangers associated with blood clots. Surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation can also be performed at the same time as other procedures, such as during bypass or valve surgery.

Our Surgical Specialists

As with every case of cardiac surgery at UT Southwestern, a team of specialists will evaluate your specific condition, including your medical history, symptoms, and the results of advanced diagnostic testing, to determine the best approach to treating your heart disease. Our cardiologists and surgeons are dedicated to working with you to determine the appropriate intervention needed to improve your health.