Heart surgery can correct problems with the heart if other less invasive treatments haven’t worked or just can’t be used. Some of the most common type of adult cardiac surgeries are done to repair or replace heart valves, treat heart failure or coronary heart disease, repair abnormal or damaged parts of the heart, control abnormal heart rhythms, and to implant devices such as pacemakers to help control the heartbeat.

Along with dedicated surgical staff, TMC has two operating rooms used only for cardiac surgery. In addition to these rooms, the team utilizes state-of-the-art hybrid operating rooms. A hybrid operating room gives surgeons everything they need for a minimally invasive procedure, but can also be converted for an open heart procedure – in an instant. All of TMC’s operating rooms include the innovative equipment and imaging that allows surgeons to be incredibly precise.

All operating rooms are equipped with monitoring equipment and emergency equipment needed to provide the highest quality care. An anesthesiologist is available 24 hours a day. All heart surgery patients are assessed, cared for and transferred by a registered nurse to the Coronary Care Unit, or CCU, for care after their surgery.

Play the video below to see what patients and their families can expect from the time they arrive for open heart surgery to the time the leave.

Patient Education

In addition to the video above, patients undergoing traditional coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG, and valve replacments receive a binder notebook with the education materials below. Surgery-specific information will be provided by your physician's office.

Pre-Anesthesia Testing

Before Surgery

Day of Surgery

After Surgery

Day of Discharge


All of the above sections in one file: Open Heart Surgery Patient Education