Heart Surgery

Cardiothoracic surgeons perform more heart surgeries at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo than any other hospital in Mississippi.


  • Coronary bypass
  • Valve replacement: The mini-valve procedure allows NMMC cardiothoracic surgeons to perform a mitral valve repair/replacement or aortic valve repair/replacement through a three-inch incision. You have fewer complications, decreased blood loss and a quicker recovery.
  • Endoscopic vein harvest: This minimally-invasive procedure harvests the greater saphenous vein in the leg for coronary artery bypass surgery. Because this procedure uses only a two-centimeter incision, you have less pain, fewer complications and recover faster.
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): NMMC-Tupelo was the first Mississippi hospital to offer transfemoral transapical aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for high-risk patients with aortic stenosis for whom heart surgery is not an option. In the transfemoral method, the valve is delivered through an incision in the leg. NMMC was also the first to perform transapical TAVR for patients who don’t have suitable access through their leg artery. In the transapical method the valve is inserted through an incision between the patient’s ribs and through the bottom end of the heart called the apex.
  • Septal defect repair
  • Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR)
  • Maze procedure
  • Removal of myxomas
  • Thoracic aneurysm repair

Case managers follow you from admission to discharge. They provide information and help to you and your family, and to appropriate NMMC staff members.

Hybrid OR

North Mississippi’s first hybrid operating room opened at NMMC in 2011. A cross between a cardiac catheterization laboratory and a surgical suite, the hybrid OR enables physicians to make a diagnosis and then quickly proceed with treatment, without moving the patient or scheduling separate times for procedures. Because it combines the capabilities of surgery with the most advanced imaging available, the hybrid OR paves the way for more minimally-invasive procedures.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Make an Appointment

For an appointment with a heart or vascular specialist, call 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).