Lancaster General Health Physicians Cardiothoracic Surgery provides comprehensive surgical care of the heart and vascular system.

Our surgeons are skilled in all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery and have particular expertise in a number of complex operations, including heart valve repair (rather than replacement with artificial valves), surgery for abnormal heart rhythms, and surgery for aneurysms of the thoracic aorta. We are fully certified to perform many other surgical procedures as well.

A Regional Leader with Outstanding Outcomes

Our tradition of pioneering surgeries and outstanding results began in September 1983, when Lawrence I. Bonchek, MD, and Mark W. Burlingame, MD, performed the first open-heart surgery in Lancaster County at Lancaster General Hospital.

Since that time, we have cared for more than 20,000 patients through complex surgeries, recoveries, and appropriate courses of therapy. Our reputation for outstanding patient outcomes has consistently ranked us among the best programs in the country, and has earned us national and international recognition.

LG Health Physicians Cardiothoracic Surgery is a regional leader in developing new techniques and technologies, including TAVR, MitraClip, cardio ablation, complex mitral valve repair, congestive heart failure surgery, surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation, ventricular assist device therapy, and robotic surgery.

Our procedures also include:

Equipped with Advanced Technology

Lancaster General Hospital is equipped with a state-of-the-art Hybrid Operating Room (OR), where cardiologists, vascular surgeons and cardiac surgeons work side-by-side to perform procedures that require both surgical and interventional cardiology expertise.

Designed for vascular and cardiac patients, the Hybrid OR combines the capabilities of a cardiac catheterization lab with a cardiac surgery operating room, offering patients who need complex cardiovascular surgeries new options.

This setup also enables the use of da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery for heart bypass surgery and the ability to transition from minimally invasive to open vascular or cardiac procedures without having to move the patient.

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