Dr. Brian Mott

Thoracic Surgery
Scranton, PA
31 years experience male

Locations

Office

Scranton, PA

Address

1800 Mulberry, Scranton, PA
Directions

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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Coventry

Humana

Medicaid

United healthcare

Geisinger Health Plans

Office

Moosic, PA

About

Bio

Born in Montreal, Canada I attended McGill University Medical school where I also did my general surgery residency. After completing that training I went to Albany Medical Center for Thoracic surgery residency. I finally did a 2 year fellowship with Dr. Tirone David and his staff at Toronto General Hospital. I am a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in valve repairs and VATS surgery for lung cancer. I was a contributing on air TV Medical Expert for a local CBS news affiliate and am seriously interested in medical telejournalism.

Specialties
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Thoracic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

240 Answers
90 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Not really: A needle is placed in a large artery in your groin or a small artery in your wrist. Most of the common side effects of pain and discomfort ar relate... Read More
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A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Likely needs surgery: Severe mitral valve regurgitation will eventually lead to heart failure and death. Mitral valve repair in patients with severe mr and no symptoms ir r... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Tests: Ecg, echocardiography, cardiac caths are some of the tests used. Your underlying heart disease will determine if mics can be done.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
If needed: A small percentage of patients require post op pacemakers after aortic valve surgery. It usually does not cause any problems.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Nothing after midnit: There are really no dietary restrictions before heart surgery really. After you will have to follow a low salt low fat diet with limited fluid intake.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Midline sternotomy: A midline sternotomy is the most common incision used in heart surgery. There are a few variations on this incision that people claim are minimally in... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Sure why not: The only complication after open heart surgery that could interfere with a normal pregnancy would be if you had to be started on Coumadin (warfarin) f... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Standard sternotomy: The majority of heart surgery is still done through a traditional midline sternotomy.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Not so bad: The national averages for CABG operations are roughly a 2-3-% mortality rate and 5% morbidity rate for stroke, bleeding, infection, etc. Some patient... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Nope: We just turn it off so it doesn't go off during the case from cautery noise.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
When?: Most aortic and mitral valve procedures and some limited coronary bypass procedures.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Risky: Risks get higher every time. Potential damage to heart structures , damaging grafts, bleeding, infection are all higher with redo operation.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Same as traditional.: While smaller incisions imply less post op pain it isn't always true. In addition the operation done on the inside should be the same as a traditional... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
5 risk factors: Build up of fatty plaques in artery wall is associated with smoking, high cholesterol diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and family history.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Several: Common diagnosis are renal failure, heart failure, infection, and cancer.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Lets see: Valve surgery is the most common followed by coronary surgery. Everything from small thoracic incisions to robotics.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Anyone with a heart: Heart surgery of any type is designed to relieve symptoms, prolong life. No surgeon is going to operate on a patient who doesn't need it.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Dramatic: A massive pulmonary embolus or pneumothorax could cause sharp pain and be fatal.
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A member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Sounds vascular: Patients with blocked leg arteries have dependent rubror, red skin when dangling, never heard of it in upper extremity but it could be possible.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: If your young and the injury isn't too severe just a few days to weeks and if your older and have a more severe injury it will take weeks to months.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Infection likely: An infection involving the lung, airways, or pleura is possible. Probably not too serious but get checked out to make sure.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
90% should be repair: On average 90% of patients with mitral regurgitation diseased valves should be amenable to surgical repair. This can usually be done with minimally in... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Heart damage: Likely it is possible but if you have significant cardiomyopathy or pulmonary hypertension then it could be risky and dangerous. Check with your card... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Quality of pain: The answer is the type or quality of pain being felt. The location, severity, onset, precipitating factors etc all can help medical personnel figure ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Years: High blood pressure is associated with the development of atherosclerosis or plaques in the arteries. This accumulation of fat in the arterial wall ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Variety: Actually the vast majority of patients do not suffer any complications. Most patients will have some degree of post op pain and some will be on oxygen... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Sputum culture: Sputum sent for culture to see if any bacteria grow. Chest x-ray may not be helpful and bronchoscope in extreme cases may be necessary.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Hypertension is one of the many risk factors for atherosclerosis. The others are diabetes, family history, high cholestol, and smoking.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Similar cause: A stroke is an interruption in blood flow to a part of the brain usually caused by either an embolic event or blood clot or a bleed or hemorrhage in t... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Not too bad: The results of patients with myasthenia after thymectomy are variable. Most will have less symptoms, some will come off medication and some will ha... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Pretty normal: Most patients feel different during the first 48 hours but quickly adapt. By two weeks a lot feel back to normal and certainly by 8 weeks the vast maj... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Hasn't healed yet : A punctured lung means there is a hole in the lung. It could be small or big. The hole is like a cut on your finger that needs to heal first. Patience... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Chances are you wont: Th average mortality rate after mitral valve repair surgery nationally is roughly 5%. This rate will increase with age, comrbidities, and weaker hea... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Bypass machine: The majority of CABG operations are done with cardiopulmonary bypass assistance. This is a machine that drains blood out of the body, cools it, oxygen... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
It will cost more: Health insurance measures your risk of getting sick and bases your premiums on that. The sicker you are the more your insurance will cost.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Almost all: Most congenital heart defects are a combination of several defects. A lot of them require some degree of shunting to allow the patient to survive like... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
At least a month: If you had a spontaneous pneumothorax and required chest tube drainage or a vats blebectomy operation you can probably resume ear normal physical cogi... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Not very: The average mortality rate from CABG nationally is about 2-3%. This increases in older, sicker patients with more medical illnesses, and those with he... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: It takes years for typical atherosclerotic plaques to develop to the point where they are bad enough to cause flow problems and angina. There are howe... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Caused by fats being stored in the walls of the arteries creating plaques. Other contributing factors are smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure. Die... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: All heart transplant surgeons are cardiac surgeons. Not all cardiac surgeons practice heart transplants.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
It could: Severe mr with turbulent flow can cause hemolysis of rbcs. Although a transfusion will top you off it won't solve the underlying problem.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Very rare: There a few benign tumors that are usually easily removed from the heart valves or atrium but a malignant tumor of the heart is very difficult to trea... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Big two: Stroke and heart attack are the big two. Hypertension, arrythmias, valve disease, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, aneurysms ar... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
At least a month: Depends what sports you are talking about. I would be careful about serious contact sports ever. You still have a risk of ptx on the other side scub... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
It's a Problem: Smoking up until the time of CABG will cause more secretions in your lungs. You might end up going home on oxygen for a short time after surgery. Best... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Short: With limited stage disease the median survival is less than 2 years and with extensive disease less than a year. Having said that there are 5 year sur... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Could be heart: Increasing the work of your heart by running increases the amount of blood the heart needs. If you have coronary artery blockages then your heart can'... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Atherosclerotic heart disease requires life long risk management from a qualified doctor.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
No: Although there is no cause and effect about what u r asking, patients with congenital heart disease sometimes have other birth defects. Hearing probl... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
I recommend this Physician
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Mott is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I may have to go TAVI route. My heart is very weak with a EF of 25 .
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thanks for being so awesome
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Thanks for your quick reply! I guess I just realised the importance Thanks

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

McGill University Faculty of Medicine, QC
Graduated 1992MD

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Scranton, PA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Scranton, PA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Scranton, PA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Geisinger Community Medical Center
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