About CVTS Surgery

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CVTS stands for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. It is a specialized surgical field that deals with the treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other thoracic organs. CVTS surgery includes a wide range of procedures, but some of the most common ones are related to the heart and its surrounding structures.

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Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG):

This is a surgical procedure used to bypass blocked coronary arteries. A healthy blood vessel is taken from another part of the body and attached to the blocked artery to create an alternative route for blood flow to the heart muscle.

Heart Valve Surgery:

This procedure involves repairing or replacing damaged heart valves. Heart valves can become faulty due to various reasons, such as infection, congenital defects, or age-related wear and tear.

Aortic Aneurysm Repair

An aortic aneurysm is a bulge or weakness in the wall of the aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Surgical repair may involve open surgery or less invasive endovascular techniques.

Lung Surgery:

Thoracic surgeons perform surgeries for various lung conditions, such as lung cancer resection, lobectomy (removal of a lobe of the lung), and lung volume reduction surgery for patients with severe emphysema.

Esophageal Surgery:

Surgical interventions for esophageal conditions, such as cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or motility disorders.

Frequently asked Questions

CVTS surgery can be performed through traditional open surgery or minimally invasive techniques. Open surgery involves making a large incision to access the affected area, while minimally invasive techniques use smaller incisions and specialized instruments for less tissue disruption and faster recovery.

Like any major surgery, CVTS procedures come with inherent risks. These risks can include bleeding, infection, blood clots, complications from anesthesia, and, in rare cases, organ damage. The specific risks depend on the type of surgery and the patient’s overall health.

Recovery time varies depending on the type of surgery and the individual patient’s condition. In general, patients may need several weeks to a few months to recover fully. Minimally invasive procedures often have shorter recovery periods compared to open surgery.

Traditional open CVTS surgery may leave noticeable scars, while minimally invasive techniques usually result in smaller, less visible scars.

Before CVTS surgery, your surgeon and healthcare team will provide specific instructions on how to prepare. This may include avoiding certain medications, fasting before the procedure, and stopping smoking, among other guidelines.

The eligibility for CVTS surgery in elderly patients is determined on an individual basis, taking into consideration the patient’s overall health, medical history, and the specific condition requiring treatment.

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