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Difference between thoracic and cardio-thoracic surgery?
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Dr. Rafael Lugo
Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not much
Usually both terms are used interchangeably but on occasions some chest surgeons do heart an sometimes the ydon't.
That is the cardio component.

In brief: Not much
Usually both terms are used interchangeably but on occasions some chest surgeons do heart an sometimes the ydon't.
That is the cardio component.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Specialization
Cardiothoracic surgeons are trained in both cardiac (heart) and thoracic(lung, esophagus, mediastinum, chest wall, diaphragm) surgery.
Those that do both or those that do cardiac call themselves cardiothoracic. Those who do just thoracic are called thoracic or general thoracic surgeons.

In brief: Specialization
Cardiothoracic surgeons are trained in both cardiac (heart) and thoracic(lung, esophagus, mediastinum, chest wall, diaphragm) surgery.
Those that do both or those that do cardiac call themselves cardiothoracic. Those who do just thoracic are called thoracic or general thoracic surgeons.
Dr. Mark Soberman
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Same
However general thoracic surgery is surgery of the diseases of the chest, generally not including the heart and the great vessels coming off of the heart.
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/surgery/specialties/cardio/thoracicsurgery.html.

In brief: Same
However general thoracic surgery is surgery of the diseases of the chest, generally not including the heart and the great vessels coming off of the heart.
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/surgery/specialties/cardio/thoracicsurgery.html.
Dr. David Cooke
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