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Dr. Michael Fiocco

Thoracic Surgery
baltimore, MD
36 years experience male

Locations

Office

Baltimore, MD

Address

201 E. University Parkway, JPB - Suite LL08, Baltimore, MD
Directions

Medstar Heart Institute

baltimore, MD

Office

Baltimore, MD

About

Bio

I am chief of cardiac surgery at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital. We perform all types of adult cardiac surgery including beating heart CABG, mitral valve repair, aortic valve and aortic aneurysm repair, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement

Specialties
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Thoracic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Floppy septum: The atrial septum devides the right atrium (upper heart chamber) from the left. During developement in the womb, there is a large opening in this wal... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
3b is more advanced: Although both stages are serious, stage 3b tends to have more severe lymph node spread, usually meaning spread out side the affected side of the chest... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Almost 500,000: Difficult to get exact numbers. Close to 300, 000 coronary artery bypass, although this number is trending down due to stents, anticholesterol meds, ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Urgent Surgery: Esophageal rupture from excessive vomiting or perforation from endoscopy are treated with urgent surgical repair in almost all cases. The longer it ta... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Okay to wait: Valvular disease will lead to heart failure. Therefore it must be dealt with. It is okay to wait as long as the heart chambers are of normal size, t... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Chest pain, fatigue: These along with shortness of breath and occasionally passing out are the hallmarks of aortic stenosis or narrowing. If the valve is leaking, tends ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
2 weeks: There is no medical reason not to fly after CABG other than it is uncomfortable and you don't want to be in an airplane and having a complication, ie ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Yes it is safe: Probably not necessary if you are taking only 81mgs (baby aspirin). But one week without Aspirin does not cause a problem with coronary disease. And ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
View of mediastinum: The suffix -oscopy means to visualize through a scope. The mediastinum is the area of the chest between the lungs. The heart, great vessels, trachea,... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Only the extremely rare fractures that involve multiple segments of the same rib or adjacent ribs need surgical repair. Even many of these will heal ... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Get back on meds: You should be on an Aspirin 81mgs every day. Also a beta blocker and something to lower cholesterol. Any clinic should be able to help you with the me... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Pain,short of breath: Pulmonary embolism (or pe)symptoms can be vague, subtle, or extreme depending on the location and size of the clot. Pain and shortness of breath can o... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Not life threatening: Very difficult to associate any symptoms with pectus excavatum, although some claim shortness of breath on exertion, no change is noted in their brea... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Many things: The most concerning complications are stroke, kidney failure, pneumonia, bleeding and infection. These are rare. The most common complications are irr... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Related,not a cause: Ipf is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Idiopathic means the cause is unknown. Exposure to dusts and chemicals, recurrent infections, and /or smoking ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
The cardiologist: I assume you mean who generally makes the diagnosis. The internist or primary care may also make the diagnosis via ekg or stress test. The diffinitiv... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Coronary disease/CAD: CAD can lead to weakened or poorly functioning heart muscle. The mitral valve is anchored to that muscle and will leak if CAD is severe enough. Rheum... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Removal of esophagus: The esophagus carries food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach. Any word ending with the suffix "-ectomy" means removal, as in appendectomy, tons... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Pain management: Majority of rib fx will heal with time and pain management. Extremely rare to need any surgical intervention. Those cases are usually markedly displ... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Fiocco is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Fiocco is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Valuble information
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Ross University School of Medicine
MD

Residency

University of Maryland Medical Center

Residency

St. Agnes Hospital

Residency

ST AGNES HSPTL

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
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