Now offering 48-hour evaluations with cardiovascular surgery team at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for patients needing heart surgery. Call now to schedule your surgical evaluation: 507-255-2000.

The Cardiovascular Surgery team at Mayo Clinic provides high-quality care for complex or serious conditions that affect people of all ages. Our heart (cardiac) and chest (thoracic) surgeons diagnose and surgically treat conditions of the heart, lungs and chest. They perform thousands of surgeries each year at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic surgeons are on the leading edge of treating cardiovascular and cardiothoracic conditions, using the latest innovations, such as minimally invasive heart surgery with robot-assisted techniques. Minimally invasive robotic surgery is used to repair or replace heart valves, remove growths in the heart and for other procedures. This approach has helped many people recover more quickly than is possible with traditional surgery. Our team is widely recognized for its performance of complex procedures with safe and excellent outcomes.

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  • Mayo Clinic Cardiac Surgery
  • 13400 E. Shea Blvd.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85259
  • Phone: 480-301-8484


  • Mayo Clinic Cardiac Surgery
  • 4500 San Pablo Road
    Jacksonville, FL 32224
  • Phone: 904-953-0773


  • Mayo Clinic Cardiac Surgery
  • 200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
  • Phone: 507-255-2000
  • Mayo Clinic Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • 200 First St. SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
  • Phone: 507-255-2000

Advanced heart surgery options

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For generations patients with heart conditions have turned to Mayo Clinic for answers.

Offering the full spectrum of specialized care and treatment options.

Patients are surrounded by a team of heart experts to develop the strongest individualized treatment plans, to provide the safest and most successful surgeries.

There are many ways to reach the heart for surgery. During traditional surgery, the surgeons open the chest to access the heart. With advancing technologies, minimally invasive robotic surgery options are now available to treat a variety of heart conditions. During minimally invasive surgery, the heart is reached through tiny chest incisions.

The surgical team at Mayo Clinic will recommend a unique care plan for each patient for best results, focused on long-term outcomes.

Together we are creating the future of heart care, one patient at a time.

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Cardiovascular surgery appointment process in Rochester, Minnesota

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Cardiovascular surgery appointment process, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN

Phase One: Initial contact

Melissa K. Erdman, P.A.-C, Cardiovascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic: Once you or your provider contact Mayo Clinic, a patient appointment service specialist will work with you to schedule a phone call or video visit with an advanced practice provider within two business days from the initial request. This initial call or visit will often last about an hour, during which we will ask about recent testing that has been completed locally and walk you through some steps to have these records and test results sent to Mayo for review by our surgeons. We'll also discuss the patient history including medical, surgical, family and social information, along with any medications, allergies, and current symptoms. This information will allow the cardiac surgery team at Mayo to clearly understand the patient concerns. By reviewing all the gathered medical information in advance, our surgeons are able to more efficiently provide the surgical recommendation. It is vital that our surgeons are able to view the actual test images from local care providers in order to provide the best personalized medical or surgical option for the patient. If the images are not available following the phone or video visit within ten business days, the surgeon will move forward with the review, though it may be difficult to determine the specific surgery needed without the existing record and images. In this case, additional or repeat testing may be necessary to best meet the patient's needs. If that does happen, the situation will be discussed with you prior to scheduling an appointment.

Phase Two: Surgical consult

Upon completion of the surgical review process, a phone call or video visit will be arranged between the patient and/or caregivers and the surgeon to discuss the recommendations for surgery.

Phase Three: Scheduling onsite care

After that discussion, we'll schedule an appointment for the onsite preoperative visit and reserve a surgical date. Often, conducting the medical record review and evaluation before an onsite appointment limits the patient travel, so that only one trip to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is necessary. That said, if the surgeon feels additional testing is necessary to determine the course of treatment, it may require a longer stay in Rochester or a preliminary visit prior to scheduling the surgical case.

At Mayo, by putting the patient at the center of everything we do, we continually strive to provide each patient with the precise care that they need. And we are happy to discuss additional questions at anytime. Just contact us at the telephone number on this page.

Cardiovascular Surgery Appointment Office
Rochester, MN

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