Heart & Vascular Program

St. Anthony Hospital

11600 W 2nd Pl
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

Emergency Room: 24/7

Heart & Vascular Program

St. Anthony Hospital

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Heart & Vascular Surgeries Performed

Should your physician recommend heart or vascular surgery, St. Anthony Hospital is ready with the comprehensive care you need and deserve. Our Heart and Vascular program brings together highly skilled specialists, award-winning services, the advanced technology of our state-of-the-art facility and a dedicated cardiovascular ICU. We are also innovators in new procedures and approaches to care that assure optimal outcomes. Our surgeons are experts in:

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Heart Valve Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

When Dr. Alan Selz began showing symptomatic signs of heart disease, he knew it was time to make a change. Thanks to Dr. Patrick Rudersdorf and Dr. Nima Aghili, Dr. Selz underwent the TAVR procedure, allowing him to get back to his normal life in just one week. Now, he continues to lead a healthy lifestyle. 

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Improving Lives

When Dr. Alan Selz began showing symptomatic signs of heart disease, he knew it was time to make a change. Thanks to Dr. Patrick Rudersdorf and Dr. Nima Aghili, Dr. Selz underwent the TAVR procedure, allowing him to get back to his normal life in just one week. Now, he continues to lead a healthy lifestyle. 

  • TAVR at St. Anthony Hospital

    St. Anthony Hospital is one of a select number hospitals in Colorado that offers Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) in for patients who have Severe Aortic Stenosis. At St. Anthony Hospital, TAVR is performed by our specialty physician team which includes a cardiothoracic surgeon and an interventional cardiologist. 

    Patients are referred by their cardiologist or primary care provider if they are believed to be of intermediate or high risk for surgical aortic valve replacement, which involves open heart surgery.  The patient then undergoes a series of preoperative tests to be discussed amongst a collaborative, multi-disciplinary heart team which includes: cardiothoracic surgeon, interventional cardiologist, cardiac anesthesiologist, interventional radiologist, structural heart coordinator and a medical device vendor representative. This group thoroughly and thoughtfully discusses each patient on an individual basis to determine if TAVR is the best course of action for the patient.

    The TAVR procedure is done inside our specialized hybrid operating room which combines both cardiac catheterization technology and operating room capabilities.

    Patients and their family members can expect the patient to be in the operating room for 2-3 hours, with the actual procedure taking around 90 minutes. Following the procedure, the patient recovers in the Intensive Care Unit, then is transferred to the step down unit overnight. Many patients are able to go home the next day!

Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery Associates

11700 W 2nd Pl, Ste 280
Lakewood, CO 80228