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Surgical Services

CHI Memorial’s Guerry Heart and Vascular Center performs more open-heart procedures than any other hospital in Chattanooga. Our experience lifts us above the ordinary as skilled surgeons, highly-trained staff, superior technology and patient support services combine for a mind-body-spirit care team that is second to none. All cardiac surgical procedures are performed at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga.


Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)

CHI Memorial offers minimally invasive and traditional coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).  The most commonly performed open-heart procedure in the United States, CABG bypasses blockage in a coronary artery.  Surgeons use segments of the patient’s own veins and arteries to go around these blockages and deliver blood to the heart. CABGs have an overall success rate of almost 98 percent.


Valve repair

Valve damage is among the most common of heart problems. CHI Memorial offers patients the latest technologies for valve repair and valve replacement with success rates high above national averages. Minimally-invasive techniques shorten hospital stays and recovery times.


Aortic aneurysm repair

An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal enlargement or bulging of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, due to weakness in the vessel wall. CHI Memorial surgeons are skilled at replacing the weakened section of the thoracic aorta with a synthetic graft or tube to prevent the possibility of rupture and internal bleeding.