Heart & Vascular Care Institute

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Technology & Procedures

Moving with the pulse of today’s ever-changing technology

Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute provides the region’s most contemporary, state-of-the-art facility committed to the continued advancement of cardiac care. We continually evaluate new technologies to bring you the latest, proven advancements as rapidly as possible.


This heart-assist device works as a temporary “artificial heart” and is designed to support the circulation in a patient who has undergone successful heart surgery but whose ventricle is not yet able to pump effectively.


Heavily calcified lesions may not respond to dilation but can be treated with rotational atherectomy (Rotoblator).

Comprehensive pulmonary services

Services include lung resection, video-assisted thoracoscopy, and flexible fiber-optic bronchoscopy.

Coronary artery bypass

Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) avoids manipulation of the ascending aorta, decreasing the risk of dislodging small pieces of cholesterol that can damage the brain, heart, and other organs.

Cutting balloon

Beneficial for coronary artery and peripheral vascular treatment, the cutting balloon device reduces barotrauma and restenosis, and allows for treatment of some complex lesions more safely.

Heartport™ surgery

This innovative procedure allows surgeons to approach the heart through a two- to three-inch keyhole incision, or port, made between the ribs on the chest wall. This incision is much smaller, less painful, and has a quicker healing time than open-heart surgery incisions.

Maze II

Used to treat uncontrolled atrial fibrillation, this surgical procedure prevents electrical reentry and restores the heart to its normal rhythm.

Off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB)

OPCAB allows a surgeon to bypass as many as five or six vessels without relying on a heart-lung machine and heavy anesthesia. Instead, a special device is used to steady portions of the beating heart, allowing doctors to operate on all parts of the organ with lighter anesthesia.

Peripheral vascular and endovascular surgery

These procedures, which repair circulatory insufficiency in areas other than the heart, can include abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, lower extremity revascularization, carotid endarterectomy, and varicose vein therapies.

Ross Procedure

Performed by fewer than 100 surgeons worldwide, the Ross Procedure is a complex treatment that uses human heart valves to replace damaged aortic valves and avoids complications stemming from the use of mechanical heart valves.


Many types of stents are used, including bare metal, self-expanding, and drug-eluting stents (sometimes referred to as “coated” or “medicated” stents, drug-eluting stents have been coated with a pharmacological agent that interferes with the process of restenosis, or the formation of scar tissue). Many different blood vessels potentially can be stented. Carotid artery stenting uses a stent inserted percutaneously within the carotid arteries to allow restoration of flow to the brain. The approval of carotid artery stenting offers some patients a less invasive way to treat carotid artery disease.

Stent graft system

This minimally invasive procedure is an alternative approach to open abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery. Benefits of the stent graft treatment include a shorter recovery period, less pain, smaller incisions, and fewer complications.

Traditional angioplasty

Traditional angioplasty uses a balloon-tipped catheter (with or without a stent) to increase luminal size through an occluded artery. This procedure can be performed on some patients by using the transradial approach (through the wrist).

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Freeman is the first and only hospital in our area to provide TAVR, a procedure for patients with severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the valve in the aorta) who can’t risk open-heart surgery. Learn more.

Venous thrombolysis/stenting

Direct thrombolysis with or without venous stenting reduces long-term symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and the postphlebitic syndrome.

Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
1102 W. 32nd St.
Joplin, MO
888.66.HEART (43278)

Cardiology: 417.347.5000
Cardiothoracic Surgery: 417.347.5001

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