Cardiothoracic Surgery in Tulare County
Kaweah Delta has joined forces with Cleveland Clinic's Heart &
Vascular Institute, the No. 1 ranked heart program in the U.S., in an
effort to help further elevate services for people seeking cardiovascular
care in the Central Valley.
In 2019, Kaweah Delta welcomed a third Cardiothoracic Surgeon,
Gonzalo Javier Carrizo, M.D. to the team. Dr. Carrizo comes to Kaweah Delta from the Cleveland Clinic.
Learn more about our new affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic, #1 program
in heart care in the nation - Click
Trust Your Cardiothoracic Surgery to the Experts at Kaweah Delta
Led by two of the area’s most accomplished and celebrated cardiothoracic
surgeons, Kaweah Delta’s cardiothoracic care team has performed
more than 6,000 open-heart surgeries. Our program is focused on improving
the quality of life for our heart patients. The teams of cardiac surgeons,
cardiologists, vascular surgeons, nurses, perfusionists and cardiac technicians
work together to give you a complete continuum of care that will give
you the best possible outcome.
The Team to Trust with Your Heart Care
The cardiothoracic teams who partner with Kaweah Delta provide your award-winning
cardiothoracic care without you having to travel so far from home. You
can trust your heart surgery specialists because our teams work together
to provide patients with integrated and proven methods that result in
successful outcomes. We provide many types of heart surgeries, including:
- Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery —While open-heart surgery requires
an 8-10-inch incision, a surgeon performing minimally invasive heart valve
surgery can use incisions half the size to replace or repair malfunctioning
valves or restore normal function to a person’s heart.
- Open-Heart Surgery — More than a million heart surgeries take place
in the U.S. each year to correct heart problems. In California, Kaweah
Delta has one of the highest open-heart surgery volumes in the state.
- Heart Valve Surgery — Two common problems caused by valve disease
are narrowing of the valve opening and leaking of a valve. When a valve
narrows or leaks, blood flow is restricted. This puts strain on the heart
and can lead to heart failure and irregular heart rhythms.
- Septal Defects — Atrial septal defects or ventricular septal defects
are basically holes in the heart, either in the septum or the ventricle.
They allow blood to backflow to parts of the heart and lungs where it
shouldn’t. The surgeons who partner with Kaweah Delta surgically
repair the damage with sutures or by patching the hole.
- Maze Procedure — The maze procedure is a surgical treatment that
stops an irregular heartbeat, lowering the risk of blood clots or stroke.
- Thoracic Surgery — Kaweah Delta’s thoracic surgery program
provides Central Valley residents with specialized surgical treatment
of organs in the chest. Thoracic surgery can treat diseased or injured
organs in the thorax, including: the esophagus, the trachea, membranes
that protect a person’s lungs, the area that separates their lungs,
and their chest wall, diaphragm, heart and lungs.
In Visalia, Kaweah Delta’s dedicated heart team partners with local
cardiologist and cardiac surgeons to provide cardiothoracic care for patients
from Visalia, Hanford, Tulare, Porterville, Fresno, Bakersfield and surrounding areas.