Cardiac Surgery

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Heart surgery is used to correct heart problems when other treatments haven't worked or aren't appropriate. It can repair or replace heart valves, repair abnormal or damaged structures, or implant medical devices. 

Your cardiologist, a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating heart problems, and your cardiothoracic surgeon can help you decide if surgery is right for you. 

Types of Surgery

Our heart surgery centers offer:

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Valve replacement surgery
  • Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass surgery, known as TECAB (minimally invasive)
  • Cardiac implants 
  • Percutaneous closure for PFO in patients with stroke (closure of an abnormal opening between the left and right atria (upper chambers) of the heart)

Minimally-Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Minimally invasive cardiac surgery offers less pain, scarring, and risk of infection or complications. Recovery time is much quicker, allowing patients to return to normal activities, such as driving a car, a week after surgery compared to a month or more after traditional open heart surgery.

Our cardiologists offer minimally invasive:

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery, including Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass surgery, or TECAB
  • Valve replacement 

I am so grateful and impressed with the care I received at Mercy Hospital.

My surgery was on Wednesday, I was discharged on Saturday and by Sunday I was up walking around my home. And, by the following Tuesday, I was walking up and down the road outside my house.

I can’t say enough about Dr. Lico, the one-on-one care in the Open Heart Unit, the caring staff of the 7 McAuley West Unit, and everybody I encountered during my hospital stay.

– Robert Guiffreda

Catholic Health Locations

Mercy Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
Marian Professional Building
515 Abbott Road
Suite 101
Buffalo, NY 14220
Phone & Hours

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
565 Abbott Road
Buffalo, NY 14220
Phone & Hours

Mount St. Mary's Hospital
5300 Military Road
Lewiston, NY 14092
Phone & Hours

Cardiothoracic Surgeons Affiliated with Catholic Health

Mark S. Adkins, MD
Mark S. Adkins, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Male
Currently accepting new patients
John Bell-Thomson, MD
John Bell-Thomson, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Male
Currently accepting new patients
Russell E. Carlson, MD
Russell E. Carlson, MD
Thoracic Surgery
Male
Currently accepting new patients
Stephen W. Downing, MD
Stephen W. Downing, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Male
Currently accepting new patients
Mark Jajkowski, MD
Mark Jajkowski, MD
Thoracic Surgery
Male
Currently accepting new patients
Lujean Jennings, MD
Lujean Jennings, MD
Thoracic Surgery, Wound Care
Female