Cardiothoracic surgery deals with the treatment of diseases which affects organs inside thorax, heart and lungs. Cardiothoracic surgeon can operate heart, chest and lungs. A cardiothoracic surgeon is a specialist who operates on the heart, lungs and other thoracic (chest) organs. As well as performing surgery, they also diagnose and treat diseases of these organs. 

Heart (cardiac) and chest (thoracic) surgeons at Vivekananda Hospital in Durgapur treat conditions of the heart, lungs and chest. Each year our cardiothoracic surgeons perform hundreds of procedures, from minimally invasive surgeries of the lungs and chest to endovascular procedures, such as coronary bypass and valve surgeries, as well as mechanical support of the heart.

Vivekananda Hospital surgeons are on the leading edge of treating cardiovascular and cardiothoracic conditions, including those that are rare and complex. They use the latest innovations in heart surgery. 

The main areas of cardiothoracic surgery are:

  • Adult cardiac surgery
  • General thoracic surgery
  • Congenital cardiac surgery
  • Heart and lung transplant surgery

Cardiac surgeons perform various kinds of surgery including:

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery – restoring blood flow to the heart by bypassing the narrowed coronary arteries
  • Heart valve surgery – repairing and replacing narrowed or leaking heart valves
  • Aortic surgery – replacing an  enlarged or damaged blood vessel leaving the heart

Thoracic surgeons perform a wide range of surgery including:

  • Surgery for lung cancer, tumours and cysts
  • Surgery on collapsed or infected lungs
  • Key hole thoracic surgery (video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS))
  • Chest-wall deformities (pectus surgery)

Congenital cardiac surgeons treat babies and children with heart diseases that have been present from birth. These conditions include

  • Septal defects (a hole between two of the heart’s chambers)
  • Aortic and pulmonary valve stenosis (where the valve is narrower than normal)
  • Transposition of the arteries

Main operations:

Valve replacement (cardiac) – the replacement of an aortic valve with a transplanted or mechanical valve.

Coronary artery graft (cardiac) –the replacement of coronary arteries with veins or arteries from elsewhere on the body.

Pneumonectomy (thoracic) – the removal of a whole lung.

Wedge resection (thoracic) – the removal of a section of the lung.

Lobectomy (thoracic) – the removal of a lobe of the lung.

Our success with assist devices sustains heart failure patients for longer than ever before, and our comprehensive transplant program offers hope to the sickest patients.

With every advanced treatment we offer, we further strengthen our dedication to multidisciplinary, collaborative care for our heart, blood vessel and lung patients – an approach that results in superior patient outcomes.

We also offer a Second Opinion Program in which patients can set up appointments with expert health care personnel within 48 hours of initial contact. The program is especially helpful for complex surgical cases or for those who have been told their condition is inoperable or not treatable with medical therapies.