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When you should see a cardiothoracic surgeon

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Dr. Alexander Roitstein with Aurora BayCare Cardiothoracic Surgery

Sometimes, heart ailments need more than medication or a lifestyle change. Sometimes conditions require a catheterization, and sometimes surgery might be the best or only option. If that’s the case, a patient will require the expertise of a cardiothoracic surgeon.

These medical experts specialize in surgical procedures of the heart, esophagus, lungs and other organs in the chest. They perform procedures including, but not limited to:

  • Valve repair surgery
  • Heart valve replacement, including after congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Arrhythmia surgery
  • Beating heart surgery

Some cardiothoracic surgeons undergo sub-specialization to be able to provide surgical care to treat infants and children with heart diseases that have been present from birth.

When a patient is referred to a cardiothoracic surgeon, it means he or she will receive another level of specialized or sub-specialized care from a highly-trained medical expert. Heart patients can expect their cardiothoracic surgeon to work closely with their primary care physician and cardiologist to ensure the best care possible.

Published: Monday, February 17, 2020
Author: Femi Cole