Heart Surgery

When you’re a patient at Providence, we treat your heart with the care it deserves. We provide expert surgical treatment for complex heart problems, along with the post-care support you need to fully recover.

Why Choose Us for Your Heart Surgery?

As our patient, you know you’re getting access to leading-edge innovations and treatments that lead to world-class outcomes. Here are three reasons more than 5,000 patients choose us for their heart surgery each year:

Providence is proud to be deeply involved in the continual advancement of cardiovascular treatment and therapies. Our Spokane doctors were the first to pioneer emergency surgery to repair heart arteries for a patient having a heart attack. This has helped make heart attack treatment around the world less invasive.

We know that putting patients first leads to the best outcomes, so we don’t just care for your heart – we care for all it beats for. As part of our commitment to patient-centered care, we follow a set of guidelines known as the Heart Team approach, which brings together cardiac specialists to discuss surgical cases. With this multidisciplinary committee, you know you’re getting the best treatment without having to visit another doctor or specialist yourself.

Our board-certified cardiac surgeons are experts in surgically treating your heart disease. They work closely with a care team that may include interventional cardiologists, physicians, electrophysiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists, heart failure specialists and imaging specialists. Nurse navigators are also available to help you understand the underlying causes of heart disease. Our dietitians can help you make heart-healthy food choices, and our exercise physiologists are here to help you keep living life to its fullest.

About Heart Surgery

Patients have heart surgery to fix problems when other treatments, like medications, don’t work effectively. Heart surgery can greatly improve the heart’s function and help people live healthier lives.

During heart surgery, a surgeon makes an incision in the patient’s chest to carefully repair or replace damaged parts of the heart, such as blocked blood vessels or diseased valves. Patients typically remain at the hospital briefly after surgery for monitoring as they recover. Recovery can vary depending on the patient and the procedure’s complexity, but technological advances are making surgery less invasive, improving outcomes and reducing recovery times.


Heart surgery is oftentimes the most effective approach for our patients who have severe or complex heart conditions. Depending on the type of surgery, our cardiovascular surgeons are often able to improve or restore proper heart function. As a result, many of our patients are able to increase their physical activity, which can improve quality of life and potentially lead to a longer life.

Heart Surgeries We Perform

If you need heart surgery, your cardiovascular team works with you to design the most effective treatment plan to fit your health needs, lifestyle and goals. And you know you’re in good hands, because we’ve been performing cardiac surgeries for nearly 100 years. Here are some of the heart surgeries we perform:

  • Aortic root surgery
  • Aortic valve repair/replacement
  • Bloodless/transfusion-free surgeries
  • Congenital heart surgery
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Coronary unroofing
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart valve repair or replacement/valvuloplasty
  • Maze procedures
  • Minimally invasive/robotic-assisted surgeries
  • Mitral valve repair or replacement, including bicuspid valve repair or replacement, thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), tricuspid valve repair/ replacement, robot-assisted mitral valve repair
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Septal myectomy

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Patient Stories

Our congenital heart disease patient, Brian Forth, had his first heart surgery as a baby at 18 months old. Nearly five decades later, he continues to trust Providence for his heart care. He had a second surgery at age 50, allowing him to get back to fishing and enjoying the great outdoors. Read Brian's Story

Brian Forth

In his early 60s, Donny Jones learned he was a candidate for minimally invasive robotic heart surgery when his lifelong heart condition worsened. After the procedure, he was home just a few days later and back to work within a month. Read Donny's Story

Donny Jones