State-of-the-Art Care from Mary Washington Healthcare
At Mary Washington you will receive the level of care that’s expected
from a major medical center with attention to your comfort and unique
needs. We invest in training and technology so we can offer the latest
minimally invasive procedures as well as traditional techniques to treat
your condition. Our enrollment in leading-edge clinical studies make patient
treatment options available that might not be accessible through other
cardiovascular programs. We help you gain the skills you need to sustain
good health during your recovery and beyond.
Visit MWMG Virginia Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Practice
Cardiac Surgery Quality Committee
To develop quality improvement strategies that align us with the top performing
hospitals in the country we have a Cardiac Surgery Quality Committee.
This team, comprised of representatives from all healthcare disciplines
pertinent to our cardiovascular patients, meets monthly to address blood
conservation, ventilator management and reducing known complications from
cardiac surgery such as atrial fibrillation, renal failure and stroke.
The committee meets monthly to review all patient outcomes and look for
opportunities to improve the care you receive.
Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery
Alex Sang Ho Na, MD, Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery, has a
level of clinical expertise unmatched in our region. A board-certified,
fellowship trained cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Na has completed more than
3,500 surgical procedures to address adult cardiovascular disease with
exceptional quality outcomes that are better than national standards.
Our Cardiac Surgery Program
Cardiovascular surgery is a common treatment option to correct problems
of the heart.
- CABG (both conventional and off-pump heart by-pass surgery) with endoscopic
vein harvesting and/or radial artery conduit
- Multi-valve replacement/repair
- Complex mitral valve repair.
- Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
- MAZE procedure for atrial fibrillation
- Aortic Arch reconstruction surgery for aneurysm, dissection and traumatic injury
- Adult congenital heart surgery
- Cardiac tumor excision
Upon referral from a cardiologist, your case is evaluated by our multidisciplinary
heart surgery team which makes recommendations about the best treatment for you.
Cardiovascular Surgery Team
Your multidisciplinary care team has years of experience working together
in this specialized field. In addition to our nurses, nurse practitioners
and physician assistants, we also bring together experts in nutrition,
occupational and physical therapy, exercise physiology and cardiac rehab
as well as other specialties based on your specific needs.
We want to assure that you are receiving the best quality healthcare available.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding the program or your care,
please contact our Cardiac Surgery Program Manager Mike Brown by calling
Cardiac Surgery Nurse Navigator
A cardiac surgery nurse navigator, who promotes a holistic environment
for recovery, is a resource for patients and family members.
Your nurse navigator ensures the following:
- That you and your family are informed about the different phases of recovery
- That you are educated on what will happen before, during, and after surgery
- That you know what you need to do in order to recover and experience a
- That you are provided with informational brochures and videotapes
- That you and your family are assisted with FMLA and work-related documentation
- That you get your questions answered by your cardiac surgery team
- That you are have hit the goals necessary for discharge and are ready for
your next steps
Before you leave the hospital, she assures that you understand how to take
care of your wounds, how to take your medications and how to take and
chart your blood pressure and heart rate to share at your follow-up appointments.
Cardiovascular Surgery Patient Experience
Your successful treatment and recovery require a focus on your mind and
spirit in addition to your body.
You will experience the following:
First Consult: You will be introduced to a nurse practitioner who will perform a physical
examination and ask a number of questions about your family and medical history.
Second Consult: A multidisciplinary, collaborative team including Dr. Na, will discuss
your treatment options with you and your family. We will determine the
best treatment for you.
Third Consult: You will meet with your cardiac nurse navigator, an individual who will
provide you with education and support before and during your treatment
Cardiovascular Surgery Hospital Stay
Following surgery, you will be in recovery in the Intensive Care Unit.
A specially trained team of surgical intensivists, cardiac physicians,
nurses, therapists and physician extenders will be responsible for monitoring
your condition and providing state-of-the-art care in our Cardiac Surgery
ICU. As your recovery progresses, you will move to our cardiac step-down
unit which is staffed by nurses specially trained to meet the needs of
the post-surgical cardiac patient.
Cardiovascular Surgery Recovery
All cardiac surgery patients receive home health nursing after discharge.
Our multi-specialty surgical team works with nurses and social workers
in Care Management to determine your need for additional post-discharge
services including rehabilitation at a specialized care facility.
Physical and Occupational Therapy
The physical and occupational therapists work as a team to assure that
you learn how to safely move and perform basic tasks very shortly after
your surgery. They help you learn to walk, dress, bathe and take care
daily activities while protecting your incision and sternum from re-injury
To assist you with managing your risk factors for heart disease, our professionals
in cardiac rehabilitation help you establish heart-healthy habits.
Phase I: Learning how to handle the transition back home & beginning an exercise program
Phase II: Participating in a total of 36 sessions over 6-18 weeks in an individualized
program designed by your rehab team and doctor. This includes weekly educational
sessions on topics such as breaking unhealthy habits and making lasting
Phase III: Maintenance is covered in this phase. You may continue the program in
a medically-supervised setting for a fee.