Heart surgery program in Aurora, Colorado

At The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA), our board-certified cardiac specialists provide a personalized, multi-disciplinary approach to heart conditions. Our cardiology department’s surgical team performs more than 450 heart surgeries every year with some of the lowest complication rates in Colorado.

To learn more about heart surgeries performed at TMCA, call (303) 695-2971.

A trusted leader in heart surgery

Patients at Aurora receive a high level of care from a team of heart surgeons and cardiac specialists, all of whom use a research-focused approach for the care and treatment of common and complex heart conditions. By implementing the latest technology and newest advancements in surgical techniques, our heart doctors are focused on saving lives and improving the health of every patient.

Conditions that may require heart surgery

There a number of heart conditions that may need to be treated with heart surgery, including:

Heart surgery procedures

Our expert heart surgeons provide patients with a number of minimally invasive surgical procedures that use the latest technology to reduce the risk of complications. Surgical procedures for heart conditions performed at TMCA include, but are not limited to:

  • Aneurysm repair
  • Maze surgery for AFib
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Peripheral stenting
  • Endovascular repair
  • Valve repair/replacement
  • Vascular surgery, including stenting

Minimally invasive mitral valve repair

TMCA offers transcatheter mitral valve repair, or TMVR, to treat mitral regurgitation in patients with severe degenerative mitral regurgitation who are too high-risk for open heart surgery. We perform this procedure with a special type of clip; a technology allowing for a shorter hospital stay, improved quality of life and reduced number of hospital visits for heart failure. Call our TMVR coordinator to learn more at (303) 257-4140.

Call our TMVR coordinator to learn more at (303) 257-4140.


This procedure is performed to restore normal heart rhythm from AFib or atrial flutter. This works to make the heart rate and heart rhythm regular again.

Medically advanced therapies for heart disease

In addition to performing routine heart surgeries, patients at TMCA have access to new and innovative therapies to treat heart disease. Our heart surgeons are skilled in performing high-risk cardiac surgeries and doing everything possible to improve patient outcomes. New and advanced surgical procedures to treat heart conditions include:

  • Mechanical Cardiovascular Support: TMCA uses one of the world’s smallest mechanical cardiovascular support systems, a type of assistive device, that sustains a person’s weak heart by pumping oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body.
  • Left ventricular assistive device (LVAD): Inserted into the left ventricle of the heart, the LVAD is used as a bridge-to-transplant (for patients waiting for a heart transplant), or as destination therapy, which provides long-term heart support for patients who are not candidates for a heart transplant.
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG): CABG is the most common type of open-heart surgery in the U.S. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, CABG improves or completely relieves symptoms of angina in most patients. Many patients remain symptom-free for 10 to 15 years, and CABG may also lower one’s risk of heart attack.
  • PFO closure: Patent foramen ovale (PFO) refers to a hole in the wall of tissue between the upper left and right chambers of the heart. A PFO closure is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a catheter to insert a special device to close the hole in the heart and stop abnormal blood flow. Compared to open-heart surgery, a PFO closure procedure does not require extensive cardiac rehabilitation.
  • ECMO for heart disease: the ECMO machine is used when the heart cannot pump enough blood to the body. In the instance of a patient suffering from heart failure, the ECMO pump can be life-saving, giving physicians valuable time to assess the patient, treat the underlying disease and make arrangements for a heart transplant.

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