Papworth is one of the UK’s leading and largest specialist providers of cardiac surgery including Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), and is the UK’s largest valve repair/replacement centre.
Papworth Hospital performs more major heart operations than any other unit in the UK (around 2300 per year). All types of heart surgery in adults are available, including the following:
- Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is an operation to bypass narrowed coronary arteries in order to relieve angina and help prevent heart attacks. Several approaches are available at Papworth including standard CABG, beating heart CABG, minimally invasive CABG and hybrid revascularisation.
- Aortic valve replacement is an operation in which a narrowed or leaky aortic valve is replaced by a valve made out of tissue or artificial material to relieve breathlessness and to help prevent heart failure. Papworth offers all types of aortic valve replacement as well as TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation).
- Mitral valve surgery is an operation to repair or replace a narrowed or leaky mitral valve to relieve breathlessness and to help prevent heart failure. Papworth offers both approaches and has the largest number of successful mitral valve repair operations in the UK.
- Surgery of the aorta (the body’s largest blood vessel as it exits the heart) is carried out to treat or prevent complications such as aneurysm (ballooning out of the artery) and rupture. Papworth carries out more operations on the thoracic aorta than anywhere in the UK.
- Arrhythmia surgery is carried out to correct disturbances of heart rhythm, to relieve palpitations and prevent complications of abnormal heart rhythm. Papworth offers several such operations, such as the maze procedure for atrial fibrillation and ablation treatment for ventricular rhythm problems.
In addition, Papworth specialises in the following:
- dealing with complex and superspecialist heart conditions
- providing a service for offering operations to high-risk patients who are denied treatment elsewhere
- combined and multiple procedures, especially in the elderly.
Results of heart surgery at Papworth are continuously and meticulously scrutinised and survival rates are amongst the best that can be achieved in the UK and worldwide.
Surgeons at the hospital routinely review the survival of their patients after heart surgery. Every month, the results of the previous twelve months are examined. Survival is compared with the national results and assessed with regard to casemix (how old and sick the patients are).
Survival for all operations, including complex, repeat, multiple and emergency operations, was 97.7% and survival for non-emergency operations was 98.3%.
Papworth survival exceeded the most recent national figures for all of the following:
coronary bypass operations
heart valve operations
operations on the aorta
combined valve and coronary operations
all other major heart operations