Anesthesia Services for Cardiothoracic and Vascular Procedures
Cardiothoracic anesthesiologists specialize in
intraoperative, and postoperative care of adult and pediatric patients
undergoing cardiothoracic (“cardio” meaning heart and “thoracic” meaning thorax
or chest) surgery and related invasive procedures. We deal with the anesthesia
aspects of care related to surgical cases such as open heart surgery, lung
surgery, vascular (blood vessel) surgery, and other operations of the human chest.
This also includes management of the cardiopulmonary bypass (heart-lung)
machine, which most cardiac procedures require intraoperatively while the heart
undergoes surgical correction.
risks associated with receiving anesthesia remain low, cardiothoracic surgery
carries greater risks than many other surgeries. We use state-of-the art
monitoring technology to minimize any risk associated with your surgery. For
example, during surgery on the heart, we use echocardiography (imaging using
sound waves) to monitor the function of the heart and heart valves.
One activity that
you, as a patient, can do to improve your chances of doing well with surgery is
to quit smoking. Chemicals within cigarette and cigar products constrict
(squeeze smaller) blood vessels in the heart and may even lead to a heart
attack. Stopping smoking before your surgery will improve your health – even if
you have smoked for many years. Should you have any specific concerns regarding
the anesthesia for your upcoming surgery, please do not hesitate to contact our
faculty within the Department of Anesthesiology.