Cardiothoracic Surgeons Listed By State

Patient Education

Considering Surgery

Have you been told by your doctor that you need surgery? If so, you're not alone. Millions of Americans have surgery each year. For most surgeries, you will have time to find out about the operation, talk about other treatments with your surgeon, and decide what to do. It is important to know what questions to ask and it may help to take a member of your family or a friend with you. Don't hesitate to ask the surgeon any questions you might have, such as the benefits of the surgical procedure and the possible risks. More...

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is performed by a heart surgeon to improve blood flow to the heart. It's used for people who have severe coronary artery disease (CAD). During CABG, a healthy artery or vein from the body is connected to a blocked artery, replacing the portion that is blocked. CABG my be performed in an emergency, such as during a heart attack. Ongoing care after surgery may include follow-up visits with cardiologists, lifestyle changes to prevent CAD from getting worse, cardiac rehabilitation, and taking medicines as prescribed. More...

Heart Surgery

More than 1/2 million heart surgeries are performed each year in the US to correct a variety of heart problems. Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) to reduce the risk of having a heart attack is the most common form of heart surgery.Heart surgeons also replace heart valves, repair structures in the heart, implant devices, or perform heart transplants. More...