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Pericardial Window Procedure

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This minimally invasive, diagnostic and therapeutic procedure is done for purposes of draining fluid from around the heart when the patient experiences a condition called pericardial effusion. Such fluid sometimes accumulates following heart surgery but may be due to other factors. The surgeon makes a small incision either just below the sternum or between ribs on the left side in order to excise a portion of the sac that surrounds the heart (called the pericardium) and allow the fluid within to escape. This reduces pressure on the heart.

For more information on this or any other procedure performed by thoracic surgeon Dr. Luis Astra, contact Florida Hospital North Pinellas Surgical Institute at 727.270.9927 or fill out an appointment request form here.