For a physician referral

866-705-ECHI(3244)


526 Moye Blvd
Greenville, NC 27834

For a physician referral

866-705-ECHI(3244)


526 Moye Blvd
Greenville, NC 27834

Surgical Options

 Our surgeons routinely perform adult and pediatric open-heart surgeries. They have achieved international acclaim for pioneering minimally invasive techniques including robotic-assisted heart surgery. We have exceptional experience and expertise in valvular procedures, which currently comprise about 20 percent of all the cardiac surgeries performed at Vidant Medical Center.  Minimally invasive specialties include coronary artery bypass grafts as well as mitral valve replacements or repairs.
 
 

Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement

Vidant Medical Center, under the leadership of Dr. Randolph Chitwood, was the lead institution in a national, multi-center clinical trial using the daVinci® Surgical System for robot-assisted mitral valve repair. Following early success with the technique, a robotic training center at East Carolina University was established in 2002 under the direction of cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. L. Wiley Nifong. In the past three years, this center has trained about 500 surgical teams from around the world in robotic techniques for most cardiac procedures and all mitral valve procedures.
 

Congenital Heart Surgery

The congenital heart surgery team is focused on the surgical correction of complex congenital heart defects in both children and adults. At least eight of every 1,000 newborn infants have heart abnormalities. Many defects can be detected and even treated before birth, and early detection helps to improve long-term outcomes.
 

Transmyocardial Revascularization (TMR)

Patients with severe coronary artery disease and angina may meet the criteria for TMR. Using a specialized laser, surgeons make channels, or small holes, directly in the heart muscle. This procedure has been shown to eliminate angina in 50 percent of patients after 12 months and improve the quality of life in patients with coronary artery disease. Clinical trials have consistently indicated long-term therapy success up to five years.