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Cardiothoracic Surgery

​​​Scott & White thoracic surgeons are recognized leaders in the field who diagnose and treat patients with diseases of the lungs, esophagus and diaphragm. As a patient, they'll provide you with expert care in all aspects of general thoracic surgery, including minimally invasive and conventional open surgical procedures. And because our thoracic surgeons are key members of the Scott & White Heart & Vascular Institute, they'll be part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to your care.

Common Thoracic Problems

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn
  • Early stage advanced lung cancer and infection
  • Mesothelioma (tumor of the lining of the lung and chest cavity or lining of the abdomen)
  • Benign and malignant esophageal cancer
  • Tumors in the trachea (windpipe)
  • Tumors in the chest area (Mediastinal tumors)
  • Our Thoracic Surgery Services
  • Scott & White's services include:
  • Antireflux procedures to control disruptive symptoms
  • Minimally invasive surgery lung surgery, including video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) to remove one or more lobes of a lung (lobectomy)
  • Minimally invasive antireflux myectomy
  • Pulmonary surgery to improve blood flow from heart to the lungs
  • Reconstructive or replacement esophagogastrectomies
  • Volume reduction surgery for emphysema or shortness of breath
  • Minimally invasive esophageal surgery
  • Tracheal surgery
  • Surgery of the diaphragm
  • Pectus excavatum repair
  • Bronchoplasty surgical repair for airway in the respiratory tract

Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Cardiac Surgery

Traditional cardiac surgery is typically performed through a very large incision down the middle of the chest, including a full cut through the breastbone, which often takes 12 or more weeks to heal.

Minimally invasive "keyhole" surgery involves the use of a small incision (keyhole) in the side of the chest where surgeons pass through small surgical instruments to correct valve disease, coronary artery disease and congenital heart defects.

Benefits of keyhole surgery include:

  • Reduced trauma and pain, less tissue damage
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Decreased wound infection; no sternal (breastbone) wound
  • Improvement in morbidity and mortality
  • Can be an option for repeat cardiac surgery
  • Reduced recovery time and quicker return to normal activities
  • Better cosmetics, reduced scarring
  • Decreased hospital length of stay
  • Decrease in loss of wages
  • Improved patient satisfaction
  • No weight restrictions after recovery from surgery
  • Faster, safer Diagnoses and quicker recoveries​

Adult Cardiac Surgery

At Scott & White, we have a team of renowned cardiac surgeons who apply their expertise and experience to ensure the highest quality outcomes.

As key members of the Scott & White Heart & Vascular Institute, our cardiac surgeons are part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to your care.

Common Cardiac Problems

  • Heart disease (coronary artery disease, blockages in the heart arteries)
  • Advanced heart failure
  • Adult congenital heart disease (abnormal heart development before birth)
  • Enlarged or damaged hearts
  • Damaged or diseased heart valves
  • Heart valve problems (leaking valves and valves that do not open properly)
  • Diseases of the aorta and other major blood vessels (e.g. aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection, narrowing of the aorta)
  • Cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle)
  • Pericarditis and other diseases of the lining of the heart
  • Heart rhythm disorders (e.g. atrial fibrillation)

Our Cardiac Surgery Services

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting to improve blood flow to the heart
  • Heart valve replacement for severely damaged valves or life-threatening valve diseases
  • Complex heart valve repairs (aortic valve, mitral valve and tricuspid valve) to increase durability and blood flow
  • Surgery for advanced heart failure, including heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices (VAD)
  • Thoracic and cardiovascular critical care
  • Treatment for aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections
  • Ventricular remodeling procedures for enlarged, damaged hearts
  • Surgery for adult congenital heart disease
  • MAZE procedure to treat atrial fibrillation
  • Treatment for pericardial disease (a disease of the sac-like covering around your heart)
  • Transmyocardial laser revascularization— both on and off-pump​

Aortic Disease

Many people with aortic disease don’t have symptoms. In fact, they may only find out that they have a problem after it's revealed in a chest X-ray or CT scan taken for an unrelated condition.

Left untreated, aortic disease can cut lives short or lead to catastrophic complications — a tear or rupture of the aorta, for example.

Comprehensive Care, Personalized for Your Needs

At the Scott & White Heart & Vascular Institute, we have a team of specialists dedicated to caring for patients with a variety of aortic conditions​. Our goal is to help providers of primary care, emergency medicine and subspecialty care to identify and treat their patients with aortic disease, and then track their progress — monitoring their health during a relatively safe period to see if there are any indications that an aortic repair is needed.

As a Scott & White patient, you can expect comprehensive, multidisciplinary and coordinated care that's personalized for your needs. Through early diagnosis, appropriate medical management, elective minimally invasive surgery or open surgical therapies and close follow-up care, we're able to help patients like you live a normal life.

Common Aortic Problems

  • Degenerative aneurysm disease from the chest to the abdomen
  • Aortic dissections (a tear in the aorta wall)
  • Connective tissue abnormalities (Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome)
  • Inflammatory aortic disease (Giant cell arteritis)
  • Bicuspid aortic valve disease
  • Vascular anomalies

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services​

  • 3-D, volume rendered, computerized tomographic and magnetic resonance angiography — imaging techniques that enable doctors to identify diseased arteries and determine the best plan for treatment
  • Stat Echocardiography for emergency cardiac and aortic root evaluation
  • Surgery with neurocerebral and spinal cord protection protocols to optimize neurological outcomes
  • The use of minimally invasive endovascular aortic repairs with stent-grafts to repair an aortic aneurysm, aortic tear or traumatic injury when appropriate
  • Reconstruction of the aortic root with aortic valve-sparing techniques championed by the center’s own surgeons
  • The latest in medical management strategies to control blood pressure, reduce the rate of an aneurysm's expansion and slow or prevent aortic inflammation
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