Boulder Valley's most experienced heart surgery team
Dr. Daniel O'Hair and colleague Dr. Bryan Mahan lead the only full-service
cardiology program -- and the only full-time Open Heart Surgery program
-- based in the Boulder Valley. With more than 50 years of combined experience,
our surgeons offer considerable expertise that leads to better outcomes
and healthier lives. At Foothills Hospital in Boulder, our expert team
performs a complete range of advanced thoracic and cardiovascular surgeries
and minimally invasive procedures.
Heart Surgery Services
We specialize in treating adult heart disease, including the following
conditions and treatments:
- Aortic aneurysms
- Aortic root replacement and repair
- Aortic dissection
- Aortic valve replacement and repair
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
- Complex re-operative surgeries
- Heart infections
- Lung cancer and other chest diseases requiring surgery
- Mitral valve replacement and repair
- Surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (Cox-Maze IV procedure)
- Tricuspid valve replacement and repair
BCH cardiovascular/thoracic surgeons
Dr. Daniel O'Hair and
Dr. Bryan Mahan have extensive experience performing traditional and minimally invasive
cardiac procedures. Please call 303-442-2395 to schedule an appointment today.
Minimally Invasive Heart Procedures
Cox-Maze IV - Surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is a
major cause of stroke, and is increasing in prevalence. Treatment options
include anticoagulant medications and catheter-based or surgical procedures.
Surgical treatments for AFib have improved greatly over the past two decades.
Boulder Heart's heart surgeons offer extensive experience in the current
the gold standard for surgical AFib treatment: the Cox-Maze IV procedure.
Involving only small incisions and punctures, Cox-Maze IV combines bipolar
radiofrequency with cryoablation.
Hybrid ablation - Addressing difficult-to-treat AFib
BCH's heart surgeons are one of only handful of surgeons in the state
to perform hybrid ablation, an advanced, minimally invasive procedure
to treat atrial fibrillation. Hybrid ablation is a collaborative procedure
performed by both a heart surgeon and an electrophysiologist in which
the heart surgeon creates scar tissue on the outside of the heart while
the electrophysiologist does the same on the inside by using a catheter-led
device to freeze malfunctioning tissue. The resulting “helpful”
scar tissue blocks damaged electrical pathways that cause AFib's characteristic
irregular heartbeat. Patients experience only three small incisions in
the chest and small punctures in the groin, and can return home after
just one or two nights in the hospital.
Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) - Repairing aortic aneurysms
TEVAR repairs the aorta using a stent-graft, a flexible metal coil that
seals off the weak part of the aorta and protects it from growing any
larger. Since TEVAR only requires small groin incisions, it typically
leads to shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times compared to
traditional surgical approaches.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Heart Procedures
Advantages of a minimally invasive approach include:
- Reduced pain and recovery time
- Lower risk of infection
- Less blood loss
- Smaller, less noticeable scarring
- Shorter hospital stay (generally 1-2 nights in the hospital)
Make an Appointment Today
Make an appointment today to meet with our surgical care team and learn
about the best treatment options for you. To schedule, call (303) 442-2395.