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Cardiovascular Surgery

In some cases, surgical intervention is needed to repair or restore cardiac function. At WakeMed, we offer innovative minimally invasive procedures that treat a wide range of cardiac conditions. Our board-certified and specialty trained cardiovascular surgeons and dedicated staff at WakeMed are experts in diagnosing and treating cardiac conditions.

WakeMed Heart & Vascular is committed to providing not only the highest quality surgical care with the best outcomes, but also with support for our patients in the weeks following their procedures. Our Tele Heart Care program allows us to extend the exceptional care we provide in the hospital to support our patients and their families as they navigate heart surgery recovery in the weeks following their return home. Our patients ultimately experience a safer, healthier recovery – avoiding complications and reducing the likelihood that they’ll have to be readmitted back to the hospital.

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Often, our surgeons partner with cardiologists, structural heart and vascular specialists to provide the best solution for the patient. Which procedure is right for you, depends on your health, your age, your condition and your vascular anatomy.

Cardiovascular Conditions We Treat


  • Convergent Procedure (Hybrid A-Fib)
  • AICD, Pacemaker Laser-Lead Removal
  • Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure
  • Pulmonary Vein Isolation


  • Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR)
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)
  • Abdominal Aneurysm Repair
  • David, Bentall and Florida-Sleeve Procedures for aortic root aneurysms

Blocked Arteries and Coronary Artery Disease

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Off-Pump Coronary Bypass Grafting
  • Robotic-assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Lower extremity bypass

Cardiac Tumors and Anomalies

  • Cardiac (Myxoma) Tumor Removal
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure

Valve Stenosis, Regurgitation and Endocarditis (minimally-invasive options for all)

  • Aortic Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery
  • Transseptal Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Thoracic Conditions We Treat:

Chest Wall Diseases and Tumors

  • Chest wall resection
  • Pectus excavatum and carinatum repair with Nuss and Ravitch procedures
  • Thoracic outlet obstruction

Esophageal Diseases (Robotic and Thoracoscopic (VATS) options for all)

  • Diverticulectomy
  • Esophagectomy
  • Fundoplication
  • Heller myotomy
  • Paraesophageal hernia repair


  • Sympathectomy

Lung Cancer and Nodules (Robotic and Thoracoscopic (VATS) options for all)

  • Lobectomy, segmentectomy, and wedge resection
  • Metastasectomy
  • PleurX catheter placement
  • Pleurodesis

Mediastinal Masses (Robotic and Thoracoscopic (VATS) options for all)

  • Thymectomy
  • Mediastinoscopy, Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Biopsy
  • Cyst removal

Pleural Diseases (Robotic and Thoracoscopic (VATS) options for all)

  • Decortication
  • Pleurodesis
  • Diaphragm plication
  • Diaphragm hernia repair
  • Biopsy