Open-heart surgery is performed in the state's most technologically advanced surgical facility at Tacoma General Hospital, by surgeons who are nationally recognized as being among the best in their field. They are assisted by highly skilled and experienced surgical teams that perform more than 450 open-heart surgeries every year. Thanks to their expertise, our cardiac outcomes are among the best in the nation.
Coronary Bypass Surgery
When the arteries that supply the heart are severely blocked, bypass surgery is often the best option. Sections of a vein, usually taken from the patient's leg, are grafted onto the blocked vessels to restore full blood flow to the heart.
Damaged valves within the heart can impair its ability to pump blood. Damaged heart valves can be fixed surgically, or if necessary, replaced with new valves made of animal tissue or synthetic materials.
MultiCare Plays Role in Reduction of Blood-Thinning Requirements for On-X® Valve patients
In 2006, MultiCare joined the PROACT On-X® low-dose anticoagulation trial, a multiyear study to determine if using On-X mechanical heart valves can significantly reduce or eliminate the need for Coumadin, a blood-thinning medicine patients who receive mechanical heart valves typically must take for the rest of their lives.
MultiCare was one of the first health systems to join the trial and was the most active trial site in the country. In April 2015, after reviewing the results of this national study, the U.S. FDA granted an expanded labeling claim to On-X Life Technologies, the maker of the valve, allowing them to reduce the blood-thinning requirements on the valve label for patients who receive the On-X valve.