Open-Heart Surgery

At HealthEast, open-heart surgery takes place at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Open-heart surgery is performed to correct a problem with your heart.

Contact Cardiac Surgical Services

For HealthEast Cardiac Surgical Services and appointments, call
Stacey Lindgren, Clinic Coordinator:

Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm

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Open-heart surgeries include:


Our experienced surgical and nursing staff, along with our personalized approach to education and rehabilitation, help ensure a safe and optimal surgery.

Before surgery

On the day before your surgery you will come to the Outpatient Surgery department at St. Joseph's Hospital. There, a nurse practitioner will coordinate your care. You will have blood tests and get instructions for the night before and the morning of surgery. Your questions will be answered and you and your family will be introduced to Heart Care staff and our facilities.

St. Joseph's Hospital

Exceptional care in the heart of downtown St. Paul.

Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1853, St. Joseph's is proud to hold the distinction as Minnesota's first hospital.

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45 West 10th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

Please note: We have a significant construction project taking place in our parking ramp, so please allow extra time for parking.

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During surgery - heart-lung bypass machine

Most heart surgeries require that a heart-lung machine be used for part of the surgery. This is a machine that takes over the function of the heart and lungs. The pump is called a cardio-pulmonary bypass circuit.

After surgery

Following heart surgery, you will go to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and then the Cardiac Telemetry Unit on the fourth floor in the de Paul tower at St. Joseph's Hospital. 

To get you on the road to recovery, you will begin cardiac rehabilitation the day after surgery. Our nursing staff has been specially trained and work together to help our Heart Care patients recover.

Once you are home from the hospital, you can continue cardiac rehabilitation at St. Joseph's Hospital, St. John's Hospital or Woodwinds Health Campus.

Follow-up care at HealthEast Heart Surgery Clinic

After your surgery, you’ll go to the Heart Surgery Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital for follow-up care. At the clinic you'll meet with your surgeon and a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant. It is important that you bring all of your prescriptions with you to the clinic.

Contact the Heart Surgery Clinic

Call the clinic to make an appointment for three weeks after surgery: 651-232-4500.