The surgical treatment of organs located within the thoracic cavity falls under the category of cardiothoracic surgery. Typically, conditions affecting the heart (heart disease), lungs (lung disease), and other pleural or meditational structures are treated in this way.
Most nations further divide cardiothoracic surgery into cardiac surgery (which deals with the heart and great vessels) and thoracic surgery (which deals with the lungs, esophagus, thymus, etc.); the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and some European Union nations are the exceptions.
What Is Cardiothoracic Surgery?
Cardiothoracic surgeons perform surgery to treat conditions that affect the heart, esophagus, and lungs—the organs inside your chest. The following ailments and treatments are their areas of expertise:
- cardiac surgery
- abdominal surgery
- chest surgery
- difficult congenital heart condition
- heart and lung failure that is advanced
The full spectrum of cardiac diseases are diagnosed and treated by our highly qualified doctors. To ensure you receive the finest care, we collaborate with all of the other professionals at University of Utah Health.
At University of Utah Health, cardiothoracic surgery is dedicated to providing top-notch patient care, clinical support, and disease-related research. We have a nationally known programme that performs all of our cardiothoracic treatments using cutting-edge medical technologies.
The unique, cutting-edge technology used by our award-winning institute is praised for its Code Save-A-Heart Program, Open Heart Surgery Program, Structural Heart Program (TAVR > and WATCHMAN >), and other programmes. Surgery on the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other cardiac organs is included in cardiothoracic surgery.
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
- Heart valve repair and replacement including aortic, mitral, tricuspid, and pulmonary
- Minimally invasive method for CABG and valve surgery without any significant surgical incisions Ablation surgery for atrial fibrillation that is both open and minimally invasive
- excision of pacemaker/ICD leads
- Thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair Cox-Maze Method
- Radio frequency ablation or cryoablation
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) supervision by a skilled perfusionist
- Using a laser to revascularize the myocardium (TMR)