Heart Surgery Options

What is Heart Surgery?

Performed by a cardiac surgeon, heart surgery or cardiovascular surgery is used to treat complications of heart disease, correct birth defects in the heart or to treat issues within the heart valves, known as valvular heart disease. Heart surgery can also include a heart transplant surgery or procedures to help those in need of a heart transplant.

Who Is a Candidate for Heart Surgery?

Heart surgery should be considered when your symptoms are not relieved by medicine, nonsurgical cardiovascular procedures or the damage to the heart is too severe, such as those in need of a heart transplant. Your surgeon will determine the best type of heart surgery for you based upon your condition and other health factors.

Types of Heart Surgery

Our nationally acclaimed heart surgery team have the expertise to perform a variety of minimally invasive and open heart surgeries, including:

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Micra TPS is the world’s smallest, minimally invasive cardiac pacemaker. It is a new type of heart device that treats patients with bradycardia, a common heart condition characterized by a slow or irregular heart rhythm. Unlike traditional pacemakers, the Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a miniaturized, fully self-contained pacemaker that delivers the most advanced pacing technology available to patients via a minimally invasive approach.

An innovative treatment option, this is the latest minimally invasive procedure for patients with critical aortic stenosis being offered through Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. This option is giving new hope to patients who have been determined to be inoperable due to other coexisting medical conditions. For most patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS), the gold standard treatment is a surgical procedure known as Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR). Today, patients with severe AS who were once considered too high risk for traditional surgery can now explore other treatment options with Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). Learn more about TAVR

Sometimes valve disease can be treated with medication, but depending on the severity of the problem, valve repair surgery or replacement surgery (insertion of an artificial heart valve) is necessary. At Hackensack Meridian Health, our surgeons are experts in performing all types of valve surgeries with excellent outcomes, including aortic valve repair and replacement and complex mitral valve replacements and repairs. Learn more about valve surgery.

Additional Cardiac Surgical Procedures

Our cardiac surgical procedures also include:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Endoscopic Vein Harvesting
  • Minimally Invasive Valve Replacement/Repair
  • Ventricular Assist Device Implantation
  • MAZE Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation

Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Your Care


Hackensack University Medical Center is nationally ranked in the top 50 hospitals for Cardiology & Heart Surgery, and one of the highest ranked hospitals in the state of New Jersey, by U.S. News & World Report in 2021.

High Performing

Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center have ranked as High Performing by U.S. News & World Report. Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a Healthgrades five-star recipient for coronary bypass surgery.


The experienced teams at Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center performed more than 1,600 open heart surgery cases in 2020.

Innovative Care

Bypass surgery is offered minimally invasively at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center thanks to a rare procedure using robotics technology, which is available at just a handful of medical facilities nationally.

Our Doctors

Our award-winning team of renowned surgeons, physicians, researchers and other health care specialists are able to provide exceptional cardiac expertise, advancements and cutting-edge technology to develop a highly-personalized plan for each and every one of our patients.

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