Get a Second Opinion

If you or someone you love needs heart surgery, you need to know all of your options. For your own peace of mind, get a second opinion from Gundersen Heart & Vascular Institute.

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS)
For example, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS). Gundersen Health System is one of only a handful of medical centers in the country to offer up to quadruple bypasses as well as heart valve repairs using MICS. Most heart surgery centers offer only the traditional long cut through the breast bone to open the chest and access the heart. While this approach remains a safe and effective option, MICS is also safe and effective and offers additional benefits to the right candidates.

MICS is performed through a small three- to four-inch incision between the ribs. The result is less pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and smaller scar. A second opinion by a cardiothoracic surgeon can determine if MICS is right for you or your loved one.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR is a minimally invasive heart valve replacement procedure. It's for patients with aortic valve stenosis, a narrowing of the valve in the main heart artery due to calcium deposits. TAVR is FDA-approved for those who are not candidates for open-heart surgery or patients who are risky to operate on.

Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
A ventricular assist device (VAD) is an implanted mechanical device that circulates blood in patients with advanced congestive heart failure. Gundersen is now implanting the HeartMate II VAD as "destination therapy," providing long-term support and improved quality-of-life for patients with heart failure who are not eligible for a transplant.

With a second opinion comes peace of mind
Having more than one expert opinion can be especially beneficial if:

  • You have a complex surgical case
  • There are multiple options available
  • Other health problems make your surgery riskier
  • You've been told your condition is inoperable or there's no other course of treatment
  • You are particularly anxious about choosing the right treatment option

A second opinion is appropriate for diagnoses such as:

A second opinion from our cardiac and vascular specialists of the Heart & Vascular Institute can provide answers to questions you might have, such as:

  • "Do I really need the surgery my doctor recommended?"
  • "Is there a newer or safer procedure or non-surgical option that may be right for me?"
  • "Does my surgeon have the expertise, experience or good track record for the surgery I need?"
  • "What can I expect after surgery?"

Want more information?

Call (608) 775-2335 or (608) 775-2335 or
  (800) 362-9567, ext. 52335 (800) 362-9567, ext. 52335

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The Process

If your doctor is part of another healthcare organization, you can still select Gundersen as your heart care provider or for a second opinion. You should check with your insurance plan to see if a second opinion appointment or tests are covered. If not, we can provide you with an estimate of the cost.

An appointment for a second opinion can usually be arranged with us in one to three work days. We’ll work with you and your care provider to get access to the necessary medical records and the results of tests that you may have already had.

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