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Saving Time And Lives With Cardiovascular Surgery

You want only the best for your heart — top surgical care with fewer risks and less hospital time. We go above and beyond to deliver that by investing in advanced technology and participating in national clinical trials. All of that means less invasive procedures and a higher quality of care.

World-Class Expertise. Whole-Hearted Care.

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                        Experienced Surgeons

Experienced Surgeons

Our cardiovascular team has performed more open-heart surgeries than any other hospital in the state, providing you with unmatched technical skill and the latest treatments.

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                        Nationally Recognized

Nationally Recognized

Feel confident knowing we’ve been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best hospitals for heart bypass surgery.

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                        Whole-Person Care

Whole-Person Care

Our patient-centered care facilities are designed with you in mind. Through diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, we’re with you the entire way, healing your body, mind, and spirit.

Explore Your Treatment Options

Open-Heart Surgery

Your heart is in good hands. Since 1981, we’ve performed over 82,000 open-heart surgeries, more than any other facility in Florida. Our experience and multidisciplinary training allow us to give you more efficient and more effective cardiovascular care.  

Open-heart surgery

Open-heart is a general term for surgical procedures that involve opening up the chest and stopping the heart to repair or replace tissue, muscles, valves, or the aorta.

How open-heart surgery works

During open-heart surgery, surgeons will cut through the breastbone to expose the heart. To keep the body pumping with blood and oxygen while they operate, the blood vessels are connected to a heart-lung bypass machine.

Our highly skilled surgeons perform a variety of cardiac surgical interventions including:

  • Aorta repair/replacement
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Atrial septal defect repair
  • Congenital heart defect surgery
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or heart bypass surgery
  • Heart transplant
  • Hypoplastic left heart repair surgery
  • Mitral valve surgery
  • Tetralogy of Fallot repair surgery
  • Transposition of great vessels repair
  • Tricuspid atresia repair
  • Tricuspid valve surgery
  • Truncus arteriosus repair
  • Ventricular septal defect repair

Your cardiovascular team will identify your specific condition and determine the best treatment plan for you.

Off-Pump Surgery

Recent advances in technology now make it possible for us to operate on a beating heart without the use of a bypass machine. These advancements can be seen in the most common open-heart procedure, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

Although still a complex procedure, off-pump surgery reduces risk for patients. Our success rates for these procedures surpass the expectations set by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Are you a good candidate for off-pump procedures?

Your cardiovascular team will diagnose you and provide a comprehensive plan of treatment designed for your condition.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

We’re constantly exploring new technologies that allow for less invasive approaches to heart surgery. Many of our minimally invasive procedures don’t require us to open the chest at all and only require a tiny incision, resulting in less scarring and a faster recovery.

Our latest minimally invasive technology includes:

Are you a good candidate for a minimally invasive surgery?

These procedures are typically reserved for patients who are at a higher risk for traditional open-heart surgeries. However, we are currently participating in a clinical trial to see if this technology is beneficial for lower-risk heart patients as well. Your doctor will consider your diagnosis and decide on the best course of treatment for you.

Expertise Your Heart Can Trust

Dr. Kevin Accola, MD
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Dr. Gary Allen, MD
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Dr. Donald Botta, MD
Surgical Director of Heart Transplant Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Dr. Joseph Boyer, MD
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Dr. Clay Burnett, MD
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Dr. Robert Duane Davis, MD
Director of Cardiovascular Institute and Lung Transplant
Dr. Tomer Karas, MD
Interventional Cardiologist
Dr. Nayer Khouzam, MD
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Dr. George Palmer III, MD
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Dr. Scott Silvestry, MD
Surgical Director of Thoracic Transplant
Dr. Jorge Suarez-Cavelier, MD
Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
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Rehab & Well-Being: How To Stay Strong

Adjusting to new medicine and everyday life after cardiac surgery can feel overwhelming. But you’ve got this. We’ll keep you informed of best care practices, provide you with lifestyle tips, and enroll you in our wellness program. We’re here for you the whole way — to help you recover, maintain, and feel whole.

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- Michelle Mooring

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Our Locations. Your Options.

As integral pieces of the largest cardiovascular institute in Florida, every one of our Central Florida locations contributes to the strength of the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute network. Explore your options with the guidance of our dedicated team. We’ll help you find the right fit, so you’re in the best setting to get the care you need.

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Support With Every Beat

A strong community encourages a strong heart. From connecting you with others through our cardiac support groups to helping you navigate our financial assistance tools, we’re here to give you the guidance you need to feel whole.

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Prevention Starts With You

You can’t always control your cardiac disease or condition, but education is one of your best lines of defense. Learn how to protect your heart health with knowledge and resources that help you understand and recognize risk factors and symptoms.

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