All types of heart surgery for adults are available at Royal Papworth Hospital:

Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is an operation to bypass narrowed coronary arteries to relieve angina and help prevent heart attacks. Several approaches are available at Royal Papworth, including standard CABG, beating heart CABG, minimally invasive CABG and hybrid revascularisation.
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Aortic valve surgery is an operation in which a narrowed or leaky aortic valve is replaced by a valve made out of tissue or artificial material, or repaired, to relieve breathlessness and help prevent heart failure. Royal Papworth offers all types of aortic valve replacement, including minimal access surgery, as well as TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation).
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Mitral valve surgery is an operation to repair or replace a narrowed or leaky mitral valve to relieve breathlessness and help prevent heart failure. Royal Papworth offers both approaches and has the largest number of successful mitral valve repair operations in the UK. We also offer minimal access Mitral valve surgery.
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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. Royal Papworth - which carries out more operations on the thoracic aorta than anywhere in the UK - runs a specialist aortic surgery service, with a multidisciplinary team, including vascular surgery at CUH. 
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Arrhythmia surgery is carried out to correct disturbances of heart rhythm. For example, Royal Papworth offers the surgical Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation.


In addition, Royal Papworth Hospital specialises in:

  • 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 Royal Papworth are continuously and meticulously scrutinised and survival rates are among the best that can be achieved in the UK and worldwide. The hospital's cardiothoracic surgery service was singled out for its good practice in the Cardiothoracic Surgery - GIRFT Programme National Specialty Report 2018

Surgeons at the hospital routinely review the survival of their patients after heart surgery. Every month, the results of the previous 12 months are examined. Survival is compared with the national results and assessed with regard to casemix (how old and sick the patients are).

In January 2019, Royal Papworth was listed as the best-performing NHS hospital in the country for cardiac surgery survival