Services and Procedures
What is cardiothoracic surgery and what conditions can it treat?
Cardiothoracic surgery involves the surgical treatment of diseases affecting the organs inside the thorax (the chest), mainly the heart and lungs. At Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, cardiothoracic surgeons specialize in surgical procedures of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest.
Besides performing surgery, our cardiothoracic surgeons also diagnose and treat the diseases of the organs located in the thorax.
When do you need to see a cardiothoracic surgeon?
There are a number of reasons why you may be referred to a cardiothoracic surgeon, such as:
- Abnormal enlargement of the arteries
- Congenital (inherited) heart conditions
- Conditions where non-surgical treatment has been tried but has not worked
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart conditions that are life-threatening, such as a blood vessels clogged due to plaque deposit buildup, putting the patient at risk of myocardial infarction or heart attack
- Heart conditions that have progressed or become more severe
- Heart disease or failure
All of these conditions are best treated without delay. During your first consultation, your cardiothoracic surgeon will ask you for information regarding your medical history, and that of your family, including any recent lab results. Your cardiothoracic surgeon will assess your current health and ensure an informed diagnosis and an appropriate approach to treating your condition. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, your cardiothoracic surgeon and medical staff will accompany you throughout the process of your treatment and care, and answer any questions you have.
Why you should consider our cardiothoracic surgeons in Singapore
Our team of highly treated and experienced cardiothoracic surgeons are dedicated to the rigorous diagnosis, treatment, and management of your cardiothoracic condition. You can be reassured that they are on hand to care for you and your loved ones in Singapore. In this rapidly evolving medical specialty, with updated technology and facilities, you will receive the treatment and support you require at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre.
Major Areas of Specialisation
As experienced doctors with specialty training, our specialists will work with you to slow the progress of your condition, alleviate your pain, and help you or your loved ones embark on the road to recovery from the first consultation.
Our team of specialist cardiothoracic surgeons at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre are experts in the diagnosis, clinical care, rehabilitation, and management of heart and lung diseases. They are available to accompany you on your journey in the treatment of your cardiothoracic condition.
Our specialists treat and manage the following cardiothoracic conditions:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery
- Aortic and peripheral vascular surgery
- Atrial fibrillation and maze surgery
- Biventricular assist device (BIVAD)
- Cardiac surgery
- Cardiovascular perfusion
- Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)
- Creation of arterio-venous fistulae for dialysis
- Elective and emergency cardio-thoracic surgery for conditions in children and adolescents up to 18 years of age
- Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
- Heart transplantation for patients with advanced heart disease
- Heart valve surgery
- Inpatient care of children needing cardiothoracic surgery or surgical review
- Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
- Left ventricular reconstructive surgery
- Lung resection for tumours
- Lung transplantation
- Lung volume reduction surgery
- Mechanical heart assist device
- Minimally invasive thoracoscopic procedures
- Non-invasive vascular imaging
- Off-pump and beating heart surgery
- Outpatient and post-operative assessment and follow-up care
- Surgery for acute and chronic arterial disorders
- Surgery for congenital heart disease
- Thoracic aorta surgery
- Thoracic surgery
Did you know?
You have 2 lungs, but they are not the same size. The left lung has only 2 lobes and is slightly smaller than the right lung, which has 3 lobes. The total length of the airways running through the two lungs is 1,500 miles or 2,400 kilometers.Request an appointment with a cardiothoracic surgeon today.