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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
77 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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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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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 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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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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How do I know exactly what is a thoracic surgeon and what do they do?

How do I know exactly what is a thoracic surgeon and what do they do?

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

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How often should you have follow app with thoracic surgeon after a thorectomy?

How often should you have follow app with thoracic surgeon after a thorectomy?

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

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Who is the best thoracic surgeon in central united states...Specifially texas.?

Who is the best thoracic surgeon in central united states...Specifially texas.?

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

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What should one look for when trying to choose the best thoracic surgeon for them?

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. http://goo.gl/ernsv. ...Read more

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As a thoracic surgeon which examanations would you prescrible 4 months after a thoractomy?

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

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How old should a thoracic surgeon stop doing operations?

How old should a thoracic surgeon stop doing operations?

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

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What is the difference between a cardiac and a thoracic surgeon?

What is the difference between a cardiac and a thoracic surgeon?

Heart surgery or not: Most chest surgeons are cardiothoracic surgeons and perform all procedures involving organs of the chest cavity, but some choose to focus only on the lungs and identify themselves as thoracic surgeons. ...Read more

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What exactly is a thoracic surgeon and what do they do besides lungs?

What exactly is a thoracic surgeon and what do they do besides lungs?

Specialized: A thoracic surgeon is trained to manage problems related to the lungs, esophagus, chest wall, diaphragm, and trachea. A cardiothoracic surgeon is also trained in surgery on the heart and great vessels. ...Read more

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If a carcinoidlung tumour is slow growing why then does the thoracic surgeon operate and put the patient through so much pain?

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

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