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What is cardiothoracic surgery?

Cardiothoracic surgery is a surgical subspecialty that manages heart, vascular, and thoracic diseases. Heart, vascular, and thoracic diseases are health problems or conditions arising from the chest (thorax), oesophagus, trachea, heart, pericardium (a sac surrounding the heart), coronary arteries, lungs, mediastinum (the middle section between the lungs), chest wall, and diaphragm. A cardiothoracic surgeon works closely with other specialists such as the cardiologist, oncologist, gastroenterologist, and others to ensure patients receive comprehensive, specialised, safer, and more effective surgery, alongside innovative and assured supportive care from our dedicated medical team.

What does our cardiothoracic surgeon do?

Our cardiothoracic surgeon leads with a group of professional and passionate medical team to provide you the best treatment and care if your medical condition requires the following cardiothoracic surgical procedures:-

> Minimal invasive surgery:

A surgical procedure involving smaller cuts or incisions to allow the surgeon to insert the necessary surgical tools through the incisions.

> Video Assisted Thoracoscopic surgery (VATS):

A minimally invasive surgical procedure that inserts a thoracoscope (a tiny camera) and some surgical tools into the chest through some small incisions. It allows surgeons to view through the video monitor to perform procedures within the chest cavity.

> Conventional or open (thoracotomy) surgery:

A surgical procedure is performed where an opening at the chest wall allows the surgeon direct vision and access to the structures within the chest cavity to perform the procedure.

Dr Tan Keng Kooi

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

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