- Expertise in off-pump surgery to speed recovery and reduce complications
- Innovators who are testing and adapting new cardiac procedures
- Using advanced, minimally invasive procedures, including robotic surgery
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with coronary atherosclerosis, it means there's cholesterol build-up as well as injury and inflammation in the inner wall of the heart’s arteries.
Lifestyle changes, medical therapies and stents to open up obstructions in the arteries can work for years and even decades. When they fail, a heart bypass surgery, which reroutes blood flow around the blocked area, may be needed.
Patients who see a Yale Medicine cardiac surgeon often have significant blockage and failing health. "The medical management—not just for the heart but for all the organs—becomes the responsibility of the anesthesiologist,” says Manuel Fontes, MD, division chief for cardiac anesthesiology at Yale Medicine and a professor in anesthesiology at Yale School of Medicine.