At our Heart and Lung Centre, we provide cardiothoracic surgery for patients that require more complex treatment for their condition.
What is cardiothoracic surgery?
Cardiothoracic surgery is performed on the organs within your thoracic (chest) cavity, such as the heart and lungs. Some surgeons choose to specialise in either cardiac surgery or thoracic surgery, but many perform both types.
Cardiothoracic surgery exists closely alongside cardiology and respiratory medicine. You may initially visit a consultant in one of these departments but be referred to cardiothoracic surgery if your condition requires more invasive treatment.
Our expert cardiothoracic team
Alongside our world-class cardiothoracic surgeons, we have a dedicated team of healthcare professionals ready to assist with your surgery and recovery, including cardiac anaesthetists, clinical nurse specialists (CNS), an intensive care team, physiotherapists, dietitians and more.
Our surgeons and supporting clinical staff hold regular multidisciplinary meetings to discuss patient cases and appropriate treatment plans, ensuring the best health outcomes possible.
Cardiothoracic conditions we treat
We treat a broad spectrum of conditions affecting organs within the chest, including cancer, heart disease, valvular disease, pleural disease and more.
Not all heart and lung conditions will require surgical treatment – many can be treated using medication or minimally invasive procedures. You will only be offered cardiothoracic surgery if your condition requires more complex treatment.
Surgical diagnostic tests
You are likely to have any non-invasive or minimally invasive diagnostic tests within our cardiology or respiratory departments before being referred to cardiothoracic surgery.
Depending on the type and severity of your symptoms, you may be required to have a surgical diagnostic procedure, such as a biopsy or angiogram. Invasive procedures are carried out by our specialist team at Cromwell Hospital.
Cardiothoracic surgeries we offer
We are one of few private hospitals in the UK to provide cardiothoracic surgery using minimally invasive (keyhole) techniques, including video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafts. The potential benefits of minimally invasive surgery include faster recovery times and reduced scarring.
We also perform traditional open-heart surgeries, as well as robotically assisted surgeries.
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