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For people with coronary artery disease, heart valve disease or other cardiac problems, often the best remedy is open-heart surgery. Open-heart surgery involves the use of a heart-lung machine that maintains blood flow for the heart and adds oxygen to the lungs allowing the heart to rest during the operation.
New Heart-Lung Bypass Technology
In March 2004, Trillium was the first hospital in Canada to introduce a new state-of-the-art heart-lung bypass machine, which doctors expect will mean far better patient outcomes and reduced stays in hospital. The latest heart-lung machine contains a new mini-pump, which is tiny compared to a conventional cardiopulmonary bypass machine.
Because the mini-pump has less tubing and no reservoir, there is little or no blood dilution, reducing the need for transfusions during and after surgery. Fewer transfusions reduces the stress on a patient's immune and other systems, cuts the risk of infection, and the risk of post-operative complications.
Trillium performs almost 1,000 cardiac surgeries annually. About 90% of patients report experiencing major reduction in angina symptoms due to blood rich with oxygen being able to make its way to the heart.
Trillium's Cardiac Services perform the following major surgeries:
Other types of surgeries performed at Trillium for adults include:
- Repair of the atrial septal defect, a hole some people are born with between the upper chambers of the heart
- Aneurysm of the heart muscle