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Cardiac Surgery

When you need heart surgery, trust UNC Medical Center’s caring experts in Chapel Hill and elsewhere in central North Carolina. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team tailors a treatment plan to your requirements and preferences. And you can count on us to provide excellent care for even the most complex cases.

Heart Surgery Options

You’ll find almost any surgical heart procedure at UNC Medical Center, including:

Minimally Invasive Techniques

If you qualify for minimally invasive (keyhole) heart surgery, your surgeon will make small incisions on the right side of your chest and perform the operation through your ribs. Your breastbone will remain intact. You may need a heart-lung bypass machine, which takes over your heart’s pumping action while the surgeon works.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend an interventional cardiology procedure – a minimally invasive treatment that speeds your recovery and offers an alternative to surgery.

Recovering After Surgery

Following your cardiac surgery, you’ll receive top-quality care as you heal in an intensive care unit that’s earned a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. And we’ll help you get back to the activities you love through our cardiac rehabilitation program.

Expert Care for Children

If your child’s heart condition requires surgery, you’ll find specialized services at N.C. Children’s Hospital, long known for leadership in the care of children with congenital heart disease.

Contact Us

Call the Heart & Vascular Center referral line at 866-862-4327 to find specialists, make an appointment or learn more about preventing heart disease.

Open Access is a new physician referral service, created by the UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care, which coordinates all admissions and transfers through a single phone call and guarantees immediate acceptance for patients. Please contact us to learn more or call 866-862-4327.

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