Innovative Heart Procedures Available Close to Home
The Heart Hospital at Mercy is home to skilled, compassionate surgeons leading the way in cardiac care. Mercy has helped pioneer some of the nation’s most innovative heart procedures.
Robotic & Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Speeding Recovery & Healing
Mercy has Stark County’s most experienced heart surgery team. Minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery offers several potential benefits over traditional open-heart surgery:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain and scarring
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
Robotic Surgery for Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD)is the most common type of heart disease in the United States. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women, claiming more than half a million lives each year. Lifestyle changes, medicines, and/or medical procedures can effectively prevent or treat CAD in most people.
If your doctor recommends a surgical procedure to treat severe coronary artery disease (CAD), da Vinci Surgery is a breakthrough surgical system that enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision, 3D-high definition vision and superior control.
This procedure is performed without the need for a heart-lung machine, minimally invasively through small incisions made between the ribs. This avoids the need for a sternotomy, its associated risks and complications. (A sternotomy is a procedure where doctors make an 8- to 10-inch incision down the chest, cut through the breastbone and spread the ribs to access the patient’s heart.)
By overcoming the limitations of traditional open surgery, robotic surgery is revolutionizing cardiac surgery. Ask your doctor about robotic surgery for CAD.
The Heart Hospital at Mercy was the first in our service area to perform a hybrid revascularization, which combines the robotic single-vessel small thoracotomy (SVST) procedure with angioplasty. The hybrid offers the best of both procedures, minimizing trauma and speeding recovery and healing for our eligible patients.
Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement With TAVR / TAVI
The Heart Hospital was also the first in the Akron-Canton area to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) without general anesthesia. Learn what sets Mercy’s TAVR / TAVI procedure apart.
Heart Hospital Units
Cardiovascular Surgery Operating Room (CVSOR)
At the Cardiovascular Center, physicians are committed to exploring all appropriate treatment options before deciding on surgery. If surgery is necessary, be assured that the expert surgical teams provide the best care possible performing all aspects of cardiac and thoracic surgery. The teams remain on-call throughout the patient’s hospital stay. They know how important it is to keep lines of communication open, talking frequently to family and friends while following each patient after surgery in the Cardiovascular Surgical Care Unit (CVSCU).
Cardiovascular Surgical Care Unit (CVSCU)
The Cardiovascular Surgical Care Unit (CVSCU) is dedicated to the care of post open-heart surgery patients. This universal bed unit allows the patient to remain in one room from immediate post op to discharge. This unique concept allows the expertise of the cross-trained staff to rotate around the patient.
Telemetry Care Unit
Sometimes called “cardiac stepdown,” the Telemetry Care Unit not only cares for cardiac patients, but medical and surgical patients as well. Other patients utilizing Telemetry Care include individuals with an altered heart rhythm and those who have transferred from the Coronary Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Catheterization Lab and EP Lab.
Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
This progressive critical care unit provides continuous intensive care for cardiac patients. The Coronary Care Unit also provides expert care for those who have suffered heart attacks. In addition, any patient undergoing balloon angioplasty, atherectomy and/or valvuloplasty procedures are transferred to the Coronary Care Unit from the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.