Cardiovascular Surgical Procedures

The cardiologists and surgeons practicing at the CHRISTUS Spohn Heart Institute perform some of the latest procedures for cardiac care. We are dedicated to offering our cardiac patients with the finest care including dedicated cardiovascular operating suites, dedicated intensive care units, and an expert team of cardiac physicians and clinicians specializing in treating coronary artery disease, valve disease and more.

Our cardiovascular program offers treatment options that can help you diagnose, avoid or survive a heart attack. Your physician may recommend one of the procedures below, ask your doctor if one if right for you or for more information.


TAVR: Minimally-Invasive Procedure Adds Years To Patient's Lives

The new minimally-invasive procedure is only offered at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline and adds important years to patient’s lives that might not have any other options to repair congestive heart disease.

It’s called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement or TAVR for short. To date, transcatheter valves have been implanted in more than 70,000 patients worldwide.

The procedure is best-suited for those patients who are not ideal candidates for traditional heart-valve replacement procedures. The TAVR procedure forgoes opening the chest to access the heart, an operation which can cause complications for patients such as seniors who are already weakened, or those with other underlying health conditions. And it might just be the future of cardiology.

During the new procedure, doctors run a tiny artificial heart valve through a vein in the groin, up into the aortic chambers of the patients’ heart. The new valve is put in place and begins and recovery time for patients is far less than traditional open-heart procedures.


The Impella gives a second chance to patients who previously had to forgo heart surgery, using the world's smallest heart-assist device. The Impella assist device allows the heart to remain stable and for heart rhythms to smooth out and return to normal.  This device is inserted through the femoral artery in the leg, passes through the aorta and is positioned in the left ventricle of the heart. Being the world's smallest heart-assist device, the width is smaller than a pencil and the pump is tinier than an eraser. Ask your physician if the Impella is right for you.

STEMI Heart Attacks

STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction) are deadly heart attacks where the artery is 100 percent blocked. The biggest risk for cardiac arrest and muscle damage is within the first few hours after a vessels closes up. But research suggests that if the vessel is opened up within the first few hours of the blockage, the patient will have a better chance of survival and less muscle damage. CHRISTUS Spohn is equipped to treat patients with STEMI heart attacks in our cardiac catherization lab. We are a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center made up of an experienced cath lab team of clinicians and interventional cardiologists who arrive, at the Chest Pain Center, within 30 minutes of notification of a patient experiencing chest pain.

Vascular Procedures

What is a vascular procedure?
Vascular surgery is a surgical specialty where diseases of the arteries and veins are managed medically. Minimally-invasive catheter procedures, surgical reconstruction and endovascular aneurysm repair are among the procedures your doctor might recommend.

A vascular surgery might encompass the aorta, carotid arteries, and lower extremities, including the iliac, femoral, and tibial arteries. Vascular surgery also involves surgery of veins for certain conditions such as varicose veins. 

Triple A Treatment

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is a procedure used to treat an aneurysm (abnormal enlargement) of the abdominal aorta. Repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm may be performed surgically through an open incision or in a minimally-invasive procedure called endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR).