Cardiovascular Surgery: Operations Performed by a Cardiovascular Surgeon

A cardiovascular surgeon is commonly called a heart surgeon; the most common heart surgery they perform is bypass surgery, also called CABG (coronary artery bypass graft). The image shown to the left is of a CABG surgery. They also do stents, pacemakers, and open heart surgery for heart valve repairs, and valve replacements. And when the heart fails, they can transplant a new one.

Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine involved in surgical treatment of diseases and disorders that affect organs inside the chest—the heart (heart disease) and lungs (lung disease). They also perform operations on blood vessels in your body, including the aorta—which is the body’s main supplier of blood.

Cardiovascular surgeons perform many different types of operations. Below is an alphabetical list of surgeries performed by a cardiovascular (and cardiothoracic) surgeon.


  • Aneurysm Repair
  • Carotid Artery Endarterectomy
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
  • Defibrillator Implant
  • Ductus Arteriosus Closure
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart-Lung Transplant
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Pacemaker Implant

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