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Cardiovascular Surgeon Vs Cardiothoracic Surgeon
What is the difference between a cardiothoracic surgeon, heart surgeon, cardiac surgeon, cardiovascular surgeon, or a thoracic surgeon? Or same thing?
Same thing: "thoracic surgeon" is the easiest way to say it, because the surgeon operates on the heart, lungs, and other structures in the chest (thorax). However, many people don't know what the word "thoracic" means, so "cardiac surgeon" is more easily understood by the general population. "cardiothoracic" has a lot of syllables. ...Read more
Is a cardiothoracic surgeon the same as vascular surgeon, thoracic surgeon, cardiovascular surgeon, cardiac surgeon, etc. What are there difference?
Cardiothoracic...: ...Surgeons operate on the heart and the lungs and other thoracic organs. Vascular surgery is it's own specialty and involves operations on vessels outside the chest. Some cardiothoracic surgeons do vascular surgery outside of the chest, although not as many as in years past. Many cardiothoracic surgeons have limited practice to hearts. They are best described as cardiac surgeons. ...Read more
Mark Stout, Indiana University
Marc Gerdisch, Cardiac Surgery Associates
Brad Blakeman, Cardiac Surgery Associates
I have known all three, and have watched them operate for many years. Absolutely top notch, excellent track records STS numbers, and capable of handling the most difficult cases. ...Read more
Barnes-Jewish Hosp: Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University; Cleveland Clinic. ...Read more
What is the difference between a cardiac surgeon and a cardiothoracic surgeon? Or is it the same thing? Thank you.
Same thing: The american board of thoracic surgery certifies cardiothoracic surgery training. Cardiac surgery and cardiothoracic surgery are synonyms. Some thoracic surgeons do not operate on the heart. ...Read more
Can you tell me if my hands are slightly shaky (not a ton, not even noticable really) could I still become a neurosurgeon, or a cardiothoracic surgeon?
Depends: Becoming a neurosurgeon requires many years of specialized training. To begin, you must have completed medical school with outstanding academic performance. Along the way, you would need to first learn if it even appealed to you. If the hand tremor is mild, it would not be an advantage but may be something that you could compensate for. Good luck. ...Read more
Cardiothoracic surge: To become a cardiac surgeon you need to complete college (4 years and variable expense but lots), then medical school for another 4 years (variable $ but lots) and once you have an MD degree then years of internship/residency and fellowship probably at least 7 years are involved with low pay. ...Read more
Husband had a consult w/ cardio thoracic surgeon. But md did not examine him; instead, md relied on rn's intake. Shouldn't the guy have examined him?
Yes: Even if the cath data or the results of other tests was all he really needed, the surgeon should have performed an exam, imo. It is poor medicine if you are a surgeon who totally relies on the exam of others. ...Read more
4 years college 4 years medical school, how many years after that to become a board certified cardio thoracic surgeon? How about a bc plastic surgeon?
7 years: After medical school is 5 years of a general surgery residency, followed by at least two years of cardiothoracic training. Sometimes, it can be even longer, but that is the timetable to be eligible for board certification. ...Read more
What does it take to be a cardiothoracic surgeon? What are good reasons as to why I should major in surgery, what's the hardest part?
By definition: A thoracic surgeon treats and diagnoses diseases of the chest. This includes the lungs, esophagus, pericardium, diaphragm and mediastinum. Typically, they have completed a 5-7 year residency in general surgery and a 2-3 year residency in cardiothoracic surgery. ...Read more
Depends: It is dependent on the individual surgeon. Most surgeons will see their patients back in two weeks, then turn care over to their primary physician. Some surgeons will follow patients for a much longer time, but that is up to the individual surgeon. ...Read more
Nobody knows: There is no official or unofficial ranking. Ask your doctor for advice. Talk to your friends about doctors they have experience with. Check with the texas board if there are any complaints. ...Read more
Training & XP:
Experience and accredited training. In all medical fields, you want to find someone that has completed a solid, accredited training program with experience in treating your condition. Additionally, you want someone capable of providing you current treatment options.
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Depends: Thoracotomy is a technique for entering the chest. Presuming all went well, the follow-up is not so much for the thoracotomy as much as it is for the underlying illness that required thoracotomy to enter the chest. Surgical follow-up and associated studies will depend on what the surgery was and what the underlying disease was that required surgery. ...Read more
Depends: The simple answer would be when they are no longer capable of performing at a high level. How to determine this has been a question that has been asked for quite some time. Most surgeons know when to stop, and are ethical enough to do so. ...Read more
Yes: I am a thoracic surgeon.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Thoracic surgeon will be the best to do this kind of surgery a lot of general surgeon with thoracic surgery experienced and training can do a similar good job since most thoracic surgeon are heart surgeon only few will have an interest in general thoracic surgery look for the surgeon experience in this kind of surgery how many they did and how are their results, always ask for a second opinion. ...Read more
If a carcinoidlung tumour is slow growing why then does the thoracic surgeon operate and put the patient through so much pain?
Curative intent: Surgical resection is for curative intent. Eventhough it is slowly growing disease- but still it is neoplasm with capability to spread and give you more problem. So, if surgical resection still can be done and you are going for a cure, an agressive approach has to be done. Discuss with you doctor further. ...Read more
Why would a thoracic surgeon's assistant say he didn't understand why I was going to get my round lung nodule operated on? Should I go ahead with surgery?
First ask: Your question raises concerns of inadequate communication between thoracic surgeon and you. You should first discuss with your surgeon the mixed message and your confusion on goals of surgery. To properly consent, you need to have reasonable understanding of indication (why), risks, benefits, and medically reasonable alternatives. ...Read more
I have AFib. My Cardiologist has recommended an ablation. He says there are new procedures. I am seeing a thoracic surgeon. Any info on success rates?
The success rate: Is dependent on multiple factors. How long you have had fib. Is it persistent or paroxysmal. What is the size of your left atrium, How obese are you, do you have OSA, etc. A thoracic surgeon will be unlikely to give you information for anything other than MAZE procedures. You need to see and EP for an evaluation and discussion of your success rate. ...Read more
Is bladder cancer spreads to the lymph nodes in my chest, do I need to see a urologist or a thoracic surgeon?
6 mons since dislocated and factured rib still have pain and popping out of place. Ortho now talking about seeing thoracic surgeon. What to do?
See thoracic surgeon: May need partial rib resection or ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) ...Read more
Thoracic surgeon said hemartoma, radiologists said lung nodule is possibly cancer. Who should I believe?
Depends: This depends on the size of the nodule and its characteristics on ct. Presence of fat and popcorn like calcifications in the nodule may suggest a harmatoma. If the nodule was present on a prior chest xray or ct, it would suggest benignity. Is it possible one doctor has access to your old studies & the other doctor doesn't. A pet/ct study would be useful as most harmatoma are benign on pet. ...Read more
Surely, a thoracic surgeon must know if a round spot is a lung nodule, carcinoid or a coin lesion by looking at pet, CT and x-rays. Yes or no?
Pathology specimen: The pathologist makes the diagnosis with the microscopic exam of a piece of the lesion. Even then, it can be challenging to get diagnosis. So the answer to your question is no. Stay with your thoracic surgeon, get your follow up exams, stop nicotine if you have that addiction. Ok to go for a second opinion. Take a friend with you and don't be surprised if you get same answer. ...Read more
Thoracic surgeon and radiologist is leaning towards thymoma from pet and CT scans. 2 enlarged nodes near thymus tumor. Can they tell if lymphoma?
Nonspecific pet/ct.: Pet/ct scans are very sensitive for identifying disease, but not as specific as to what type of disease. On some occasions, the appearance and distribution of disease on these scans can specifically identify one disease. More often tissues/nodes would need to be biopsied to be studied under a microscope by a pathologist to specify actual disease type/subtype and can aide in treatment options. ...Read more
Why wouldn't a thoracic surgeon do surgery on a lung nodule 1.4 2.7 suv. Pet, CT, x rays, blood tests. He said not at the moment. Advice please lwaiting is h-?
Consider risks.: A solitary pulmonary nodule may be benign or malignant. Older age (>50), smoking history, and size >8mm increase the risk of cancer. A low suv on pet/ct, certain types of ct findings can suggest lower risk. If not high risk, a repeat scan in 3 months for a larger nodule with low suv is reasonable. If the nodule grows it must be biopsied. If no change, follow with serial scans. ...Read more
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