Cardiovascular Surgery

Heart surgery at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center offers patients several benefits, including advanced surgery techniques, excellent outcomes, and the advantage of staying close to home. Results from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons show that cardiovascular surgeries at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center have better outcomes compared to national averages.

Dr. Stanley Ziomek, cardiovascular surgeon at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, links three specific reasons to the excellent outcomes at Poplar Bluff.  First, the door-to-balloon time, which refers to the interval from patient's arrival to inflation of the balloon catheter within the patient's blocked artery, is far less than the national goal of 90 minutes.

Second, the intensive care and progressive care nursing units are specifically trained in taking care of heart patients and offer excellent care to help patients recovery quicker after heart surgery.

Third, an advanced technique, called beating heart surgery, is used close to two-thirds of the time versus traditional coronary bypass surgery.  Beating heart surgery is one of the newest advancements in heart surgery and offers patients better outcomes and quicker recoveries than traditional surgery.  Beating heart surgery actually keeps the heart beating during surgery versus stopping the heart, making it easier on the patient, including greatly reducing the need for blood transfusions and reduced risks of stroke and kidney failure.

Dr. Ziomek and the experienced surgery team members of the Heart Center perform various types of cardiovascular surgeries including:

  • Beating heart surgery
  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Artery grafting
  • Vessel surgery
  • Surgeries for aneurysms
  • Traumatic disruption
  • Cardiac trauma

Surgeries are performed in our technologically advanced cardiovascular operating rooms. Following surgery, specially trained staff in the intensive/cardiac care unit and the progressive care unit provides care and education to help get cardiac patients back on their feet.