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What is the difference between thoracic surgery and cardio thoracic surgery?
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Dr. Tracy Berg
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In brief: Entering the heart
Thoracic surgery includes procedures inside the chest, like lung, diaphragm, esophagus, ribs.
Cardio thoracic procedures refer to the pericardium and the heart itself. To operate on the heart, your surgeon needs to enter your thorax/chest and then enter the pericardium and heart. Surgical work inside the heart also requires a heart lung machine in most cases.

In brief: Entering the heart
Thoracic surgery includes procedures inside the chest, like lung, diaphragm, esophagus, ribs.
Cardio thoracic procedures refer to the pericardium and the heart itself. To operate on the heart, your surgeon needs to enter your thorax/chest and then enter the pericardium and heart. Surgical work inside the heart also requires a heart lung machine in most cases.
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