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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Thoracic Surgeons (Overview)

Thoracic surgeons are doctors that perform operations in the chest cavity.


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Is there a board that rates thoracic surgeons?

Is there a board that rates thoracic surgeons?

AOBS or ABTS: There are two major boards that credential thoracic surgeons. There is the american board of osteopathic surgeons (with a specific certification in cardiothoracic surgery), and the american board of thoracic surgeons. It depends on which type of medical school and what type of residency a doctor has done. Both require a high level of training, a written examination, and an oral examination. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
76 doctors shared insights

Thoracic Surgeons (Overview)

Thoracic surgeons are doctors that perform operations in the chest cavity.


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Is there a website that rates thoracic surgeons?

Is there a website that rates thoracic surgeons?

Not really: In general, any/all physician's "quality" or "status" ratings are based on word of mouth and referral practices. Many website "ratings" can be deceptive. Negative reviews are often the result of unfortunate outcomes resulting from the disease. Many patients and/or families, because of grief and/or anger will negatively "rank/rate" physicians. An unhappy patient/family is more likely to "rate". ...Read more

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Is there much overlap between thoracic surgeons and cardiothoracic surgeons?

Is there much overlap between thoracic surgeons and cardiothoracic surgeons?

Yes: Both thoracic and cardiothoracic surgeons have completed extra training in surgery of the chest including the heart, lungs and esophagus. The terms may be used interchangeably, but typically, a thoracic surgeon limits their practice to surgery not involving the heart whereas a cardiothoracic surgeon operates on the heart and other organs in the chest. ...Read more

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Do thoracic surgeons know how to treat liver cysts?

Do thoracic surgeons know how to treat liver cysts?

Yes: Thoracic surgeons are physicians, just specialized in treating diseases involving the chest, but all doctors get some exposure to other medical issues, either in medical school or training. If you have a question, ask them. ...Read more

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How do I find best thoracic surgeons for pectus carinatum in usa?

How do I find best thoracic surgeons for pectus carinatum in usa?

Pediatric hospitals: The vast majority of theses are performed in children and so i would contact your local children's hospital to identify a thoracic surgeon or plastic surgeon who is experienced in theirs techniques. Fat grafting has recently been described as an alternative to implants. ...Read more

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How can some thoracic surgeons remove lung tumour by vats and others dont?

How can some thoracic surgeons remove lung tumour by vats and others dont?

Training: Training in vats technique is something that training programs have provided only in the last ~20 years, and many older surgeons have not incoroprated this approach into their preactice. Some oerations cannot be accomplished with a "vats" approach, and the surgeon must decide that at the time of the procedure. A procedure that starts out with a vats approach might need to be converted to open. ...Read more

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Do thoracic surgeons operate on splenic artery aneurysms?

Do thoracic surgeons operate on splenic artery aneurysms?

Some do. : Some cardiothoracic surgeons operate on splenic aneurysms. Vascular surgeons and general surgeons also can operate on these cases. Interventional radiologist can often embolize the aneurysm so no surgery needed. (Image from Interventionalradiology.me) ...Read more

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Lung nodule 1.4 -2, 7 suv r middle lobe (vats) now or wait 3months for another scan 3 thoracic surgeons said different things?

Lung nodule 1.4 -2, 7 suv r middle lobe  (vats) now or wait 3months for another scan 3 thoracic surgeons said different things?

Depends: Depends on your level of risk (most notably, are you a smoker?) and level of anxiety. Suv is borderline. This may be tumor or infection. If you are or have been a smoker and are not the type that likes to wait, by all means have the surgery. If you are scared by the knife you can wait 3 months, both answers are correct. In my opinion you will end up having the vats at some point. ...Read more

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Activities for a thoracic surgeon?

Activities for a thoracic surgeon?

Chest problems: A thoracic surgeon treats problems involving the chest wall, lungs, esophagus, and in some cases, the heart and great vessels. That is usually done by thoracic surgeons who specialize in heart surgery only. ...Read more

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