Cardiovascular Surgery



Heart Surgery You Can Rely On

It’s natural to worry when you find out that you may need cardiovascular surgery to recover from a heart attack or other heart condition. Your heart is vital to your survival – and that’s why it’s important to have confidence in your surgical team.

Aurora Health Care’s heart surgeons perform more heart surgeries than any other health system in Wisconsin. Our level of experience, combined with our dedication to compassionate treatment, means you can trust us to take exceptional care of your heart.

World-Class Care

Leaders in Heart & Vascular Surgery

With our long history of cardiovascular surgery at Aurora, you can be sure you will benefit from our:

  • Deep experience: Our surgical teams perform about 1,500 heart and vascular surgeries every year. This number makes us the highest-volume heart surgery center in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Our experience translates into better results for the people we care for.
  • Excellence in multiple procedures: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded us its highest quality rating. We received a 3-star rating in 2015 for the three most common U.S. heart surgeries: coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG); aortic valve replacement surgery; and the combination of the two (AVR+CABG). Just 1.17% of U.S. heart centers received 3 stars in all categories, according to the STS.
  • Reputation for quality: Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center has been ranked nationally in cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Both the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have recognized us for using evidence-based guidelines to improve the quality of care for people with heart disease and stroke. Read more about our accomplishments.
  • Advanced technology: We have the world’s seventh largest robotic heart center. Here, our specially trained surgeons use robotic surgical tools to perform precise cardiovascular surgery with the smallest possible incisions. We’ve also introduced several hybrid cardiac catheterization labs. These cath lab/operating rooms combine interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery in one procedure for better results.
  • Compassionate care: We see many patients, but you are much more than a number to us. We’re here around the clock to monitor your condition and help you heal. Meet our cardiovascular and thoracic team.
  • Commitment to your health: We are part of the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Project, a program to support people after heart attack or STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction). We’re committed to using and improving treatments that are proven to work. Find out more about our world-class care.
  • Clinical research and innovation: We are leaders in clinical trials to study new surgical approaches. We also study new devices to treat heart failure, arrhythmia and other types of heart disease. Learn more about our clinical trials and cardiovascular research.


Expert Cardiovascular Surgery

Our heart and vascular surgeons provide care at four locations in eastern Wisconsin, including Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Surgeons work closely with our cardiovascular and thoracic teams. Together, we create a collaborative treatment plan tailored to your specific health needs.

We provide all major heart surgeries, including:

  • Heart bypass: This surgery reroutes blood vessels to go around blockages in the heart’s arteries. Bypass surgery makes it possible for blood to reach all areas of the heart, which can prevent a heart attack. Read more about coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.
  • Heart valve repair and replacement: The heart valves open and close to pump blood through the heart. Aurora Health Care’s surgeons are leaders in minimally invasive transcatheter heart valve replacement, but sometimes, open surgery is needed. Read more about heart valve repair and replacement surgery.
  • Aneurysm and blood vessel repair: Heart surgery can help manage problems with the aorta (the main artery that carries blood to the body). Surgeons can repair tears and bulges in artery walls that can burst (aneurysms). Learn more about aortic repair surgery.
  • Arrhythmia care: We often correct arrhythmias, abnormal heart rhythms, with medication or minimally invasive procedures in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. We can also treat arrhythmias with open heart surgery.
  • Heart transplant: Sometimes, advanced heart failure requires a new heart. We are Wisconsin’s heart transplant leaders, having completed nearly 900 such procedures. Learn more about heart transplant.
  • Improving heart function: We may treat atherosclerosis with surgery to remove plaque (fatty deposits) from the heart or arteries. We may also surgically treat cardiomyopathy (an enlarged, weakened heart) to improve blood flow.
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