Cardiothoracic Surgery

Englewood Health cardiothoracic surgery team

If you need heart surgery, you need a highly skilled team. Englewood Health’s cardiothoracic surgeons take a team approach, working closely with cardiologists, pulmonologists (lung doctors), critical care doctors and nurses, and respiratory and physical therapists. Everyone works together to create a personalized plan for your care, leading to the best results with the quickest recovery possible.

Dr. Adam Arnofsky

Patients in our community can count on the cardiothoracic surgery team at Englewood Health, no matter how complex their disease. For more than 20 years, our cardiac surgery experts have provided the latest technology and surgical techniques for patients with heart disease, improving and saving lives.

Dr. Adam Arnofsky, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery Services

Our experienced and highly trained surgeons have performed thousands of heart and thoracic operations, including the most complex procedures. We use the least invasive surgical techniques to treat your condition, including:

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), commonly called heart bypass surgery, is a procedure to improve blood flow to the heart. Your surgeon uses one or more blood vessels from another part of the body. These arteries are then connected to the heart blood vessels to bypass the narrowed or blocked artery, creating a clear channel for blood to flow through.

Heart Valve Surgery

Our surgeons are skilled at repairing or replacing any of the four valves that control blood flow through your heart. Your care may include:

  • Aortic valve replacement: Your aortic valve opens to allow oxygenated blood to leave your heart and flow through your body. You may need surgery to replace a blocked or failing valve with an artificial one. We can perform this procedure at the same time as a coronary artery bypass grafting.
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): In this minimally invasive procedure, we replace a diseased aortic valve with an artificial one. We use a catheter (thin tube) inserted through an artery in your body, instead of performing traditional “open” surgery. Learn more about our TAVR program.
  • Mitral valve repair and replacement: Your mitral valve regulates the flow of blood from your lungs into the main pumping chamber. We have great success at surgical repair and replacement of the mitral valve when the valve is too leaky or doesn’t open enough. We also offer the minimally invasive MitraClip procedure, which can repair the mitral valve if it is too leaky.

Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

Your doctor may recommend maze surgery to treat a heart rhythm issue called atrial fibrillation (AFib). We create a “maze” of scar tissue on the area of your heart that relays the electrical signals that control your heartbeat. This scar tissue interrupts irregular signals, so your heart can beat at a normal rhythm. Learn more about arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation.

Complex Heart and Thoracic Surgery

At our leading regional cardiovascular center, Englewood Health surgeons are skilled at performing difficult surgeries, such as:

  • Ascending aortic aneurysm repair: Your largest blood vessel, the aorta, forms an arch, and your ascending aorta is at the top. We’re skilled at repairing bulges (aneurysms) and tears (dissections) without the need for an artificial valve replacement.
  • Thoracic aortic endografting: A thoracic aortic aneurysm is a bulge in a weakened wall of the aorta in the chest area. We send thin tubes (catheters) through a small incision in your groin. Then we deliver a stent graft to the aorta, reinforce the aorta wall, and reroute blood away from the aneurysm. Our heart surgeons assist vascular surgeons with this procedure.
  • Multiple valve surgery: If you have more than one damaged heart valve, we can repair them using double or triple valve surgery.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Recovery Services

We offer high-quality, compassionate care in our Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to support your healing process. You also have access to cardiac recovery and rehabilitation services to help you return to your routine as quickly and safely as possible.

Peer Support Program

When you’re recovering from heart and vascular procedures, companionship and hearing others’ experiences can make all the difference. Our Visiting Hearts volunteer program connects you with past patients for support.

The Visiting Hearts Team
The Visiting Hearts Team. Front row: John Scanlon; cardiac surgery team members Ivette Maldonado, Robyn Giaccone, and Barbara Grygotis; Martin Kornheiser. Back row: Victor Sasson, Albert Spiegel, Anthony Mazza, and Robert Rabkin.