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Providence Northwest Heart & Lung

2068.4 miles away
509-456-0262
Fax: 509-625-1868
Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Providence Northwest Heart & Lung

Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2068.4 miles away
Fax: 509-625-1868

At Northwest Heart & Lung, our Spokane heart and lung surgery teams are committed to providing compassionate care with the highest quality. Working as a team of board-certified, highly skilled, and experienced surgeons, we meet our patients' individual and unique surgical needs with nationally recognized services in multiple specialties. As the largest specialty group and only transplant center in the region, you can trust our team of experts to provide world-class heart and lung care.

Quality cardiovascular and thoracic surgical care

We specialize in cardiovascular surgery, including adult and congenital heart surgery. Our robotic heart surgeons are world renowned. Our surgical assistants and perfusionist specialize in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. Our cardiothoracic organ transplant and mechanical heart team provides extensive care for the most critical heart patients: those who suffer from end-stage heart disease.

Our board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons have the expertise to treat all your non-cancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) thoracic conditions. Whether you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, esophageal cancer, or a chest mass, we are here to help.

Robotic and minimally invasive surgery

We take great care in finding and treating unique conditions and prioritizing your recovery. We are the largest robotic thoracic program in the inland northwest and use minimally invasive techniques in 90% of our cases. These surgical techniques typically reduce pain and improve recovery time while causing fewer complications.

Close to home, backed by the best

Best of all, we are close to home and backed by the resources of  Providence Heart Institute and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. If our specialists determine you need a major surgical procedure, we can treat you at Sacred Heart, which is consistently ranked as the region’s best hospital and receives numerous national awards for cardiac care.

We believe in an ongoing provider-patient relationship that does not disappear when the patient is discharged from the OR. We take ownership of our patients and follow them throughout the health journey.

The board-certified cardiovascular surgeons at Providence Northwest Heart and Lung will evaluate your condition, recommend a personalized treatment plan, and help you learn how to best manage your heart health.

Our services include:
Lung services and team approach

Our board-certified thoracic surgeons provide a variety of specialty services to treat your non-cancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) thoracic conditions. Whether you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, esophageal cancer, a chest mass, or other chest condition, we are here to help.

We use a team approach, partnering with specialists in pulmonology, radiology, pathology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology to ensure the highest-level review and input for the best treatment solution for you. And it is our ongoing provider-patient relationship that extends beyond any surgery to help ensure a smooth recovery. We take ownership of our patients and follow them throughout the health journey.

We are continually focused on reducing time to treatment by streamlining the patient experience through patient navigation. We proactively evaluate new technologies and treatments to ensure that our care is state of the art, including robotic techniques. The robotic platform enables a more thorough assessment of the stage of lung cancer and improved dexterity for the surgeon, which results in a shorter length of stay for our patients.

Our services include:
  • Thoracic surgical oncology
  • Lung surgery
  • Robotic and minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • Esophageal surgery
  • Chest wall reconstruction
Conditions treated

Non-cancerous (benign) chest conditions

  • Achalasia
  • Diaphragm disorders
  • Diaphragm paralysis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Lung abscess
  • Lung infections
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Paraesophageal/hiatal hernia
  • Pectus excavatum or carinatum
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Rib and sternal fractures
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Thoracic schwannomas and peripheral nerve sheath tumors
  • Thymoma
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tracheobronchomalacia

Cancerous (malignant) conditions

  • Chest masses
  • Chest Wall Tumors and Reconstruction
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung masses
  • Lymphoma diagnosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural tumors
  • Thymic cancer

Other conditions

  • Chest wall deformities
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Lung nodules
  • Mediastinal masses
  • Pulmonary emphysema
World-class mitral valve repair care

Northwest Heart & Lung, a part of the Providence Heart Institute, is one of the few centers in the western United States to offer robotic mitral valve repairs and replacements. Our mitral valve providers and care team specialize in these surgeries. You can trust our team of experts to provide world-class mitral valve repair care.

  • Experience. Doctors with more experience provide patients with better clinical outcomes. The Mitral Foundation recommends selecting a Center where more than 50 mitral valve procedures are performed annually. Our group performs approximately 180 mitral valve surgeries each year, more than any heart program in the region.
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Available. While robotic surgical systems are common in many hospitals, few cardiac surgeons have the skill, training and experience to perform robotic mitral valve repair. Our group was the first in Spokane to perform these procedures and have been caring for patients throughout the Pacific Northwest for nearly two decades.  We remain the only group in Spokane to offer robotic heart surgery and have the most experience of any robotic heart surgery group in the northwest.
  • Comprehensive Care. We make sure to connect you with the care team you need. Starting with comprehensive diagnostics like advanced imaging, echocardiography, MRI, CT scan and angiography, those results allow us to create an informed treatment plan with your board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon. And then a team of specialists work together in managing your post-op care. You can rest assured you’re getting the most comprehensive care available.
  • Personalized, Compassionate Care. Our multidisciplinary team evaluates each patient to determine if your specific condition requires surgery. Based on that assessment, a treatment and follow-up plan are developed that consider your treatment goals as well as your personal care needs and the needs of your family.
Who is a Candidate for Robotic Surgery?

Some patients are candidates for minimally invasive mitral valve repair. This approach can provide the same clinical outcomes as traditional surgery but with the added benefits of smaller scars, lower rates of bleeding and transfusion, faster recovery and less need for pain medication.

Patients who require additional cardiac procedures, elderly patients and those who have weak hearts or very diseased arteries may not be candidates for minimally invasive mitral valve repair. Your cardiac surgeon will discuss your options with you.

Questions to ask your doctor

Robotic mitral valve repair is one type of minimally invasive mitral valve repair that allows the surgeon to use “wristed” robots, giving them better mobility and dexterity when holding the surgical instruments than if they held them themselves. It’s important to ask these questions of your doctor performing your surgery:

  • How many valve repairs do you perform every year? How many repairs do you perform for the valve disease I have?

    Experience matters. Well-qualified mitral valve repair surgeons usually perform a large number of procedures annually, and you should expect your surgeon to do at least 25 repairs a year for the mitral valve disease you have. Our group performs approximately 180 mitral valve surgeries each year, more than any heart program in the region.

  • What is your valve repair rate for my disease?

    You should choose a surgeon who has a high degree of success in repairing valves for your specific condition, especially if you are asymptomatic.

      
  • How many valve replacements do you perform in a year?

    If the number of mitral valve replacements is similar to the number of mitral valve repairs, your surgeon may not be a reference mitral repair surgeon. Reference mitral valve repair surgeons generally repair well over 95% of the valves they encounter.

  • How long does the valve repair operation take?

    You want to be certain your mitral valve specialist will take as long as necessary to ensure quality outcomes with your mitral valve repair. It may take several hours to achieve mitral valve repair while a valve replacement can be completed in under an hour.

  • What is your residual mitral regurgitation rate?

    Residual regurgitation indicates significant leakage following a valve repair. A good repair should eliminate nearly all leakage. Expert mitral valve repair specialists know their regurgitation rate, which is usually well below 10%.

  • Does my tricuspid valve need to be fixed?

    There is a growing body of evidence that indicates many mitral valve regurgitation patients also have an abnormal tricuspid valve, which also needs surgical attention. Many mitral valve surgeons will repair a tricuspid valve at the same time they repair a mitral valve.

Preparing for your visit

Providence Northwest Heart and Lung is conveniently located on the campus of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Our clinic is located in Providence Heart Institute, where you have access to free parking. Please use the parking structure attached to Providence Heart Institute with entrances on 6th and 7th Avenue.

Cardiac surgical care and vascular surgical care:
  • Your primary care physician, internist, cardiologist, or pediatrician will refer you to our office as part of your continued heart care.
  • You will be interviewed and examined by the cardiac surgeon, and if you have had any tests, echocardiograms, X-rays, or CT (Computed Tomography) scans done, your surgeon will review the images and reports.
  • Then, they will make a recommendation for the next step in your evaluation and treatment. This includes possible surgery, additional testing, or observing your condition over time.
Thoracic surgical care:
  • Your primary care physician, internist, oncologist, or pulmonologist will refer you to our office as part of your continued care.
  • You will be interviewed and examined by the thoracic surgeon, and if you have had any X-rays, CT scans, PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scans, pulmonary function or other tests done, your surgeon will review the images and reports.
  • Then, they will make a recommendation for the next step in your evaluation and treatment. This includes possible surgery, additional testing, or observing your condition over time.
Most health plans accepted

Providence Medical Group accepts most health plans. We bill most insurance plans directly. Be sure you understand what your insurance plan covers, so you are not surprised by unexpected charges. Please bring your insurance card to all appointments.

What to Bring
  • Photo ID and insurance card
  • Referral from your primary care physician (if required by your insurance plan)
  • Co-payment (if required by your insurance plan)
  • Full list of medications with dosages (including over-the-counter supplements)
  • Detailed history of symptoms and treatments
  • List of questions

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow time for check-in and paperwork.

Billing, co-payments

Co-pays are due at the time of service. If you are not covered by insurance, full payment is due at the time of service, unless other arrangements have been made.

Accepted forms of payment

We accept personal check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).

Award-Winning Care

Nationally recognized as a center of excellence for heart and vascular care in the Inland Northwest, we are consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as high performing for our clinical excellence and compassionate care. This year, we have been recognized for the following heart and vascular procedures and conditions:

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  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Donny’s mitral valve repair experience at Providence Spokane Heart Institute.

When a lifelong heart condition became worse, Donny Jones, who lives near Seattle, knew by June of last year that he’d be heading to Spokane. Yearly talks with his cardiologist convinced him this city held his best option for robotic mitral valve repair.

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