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Anesthesia Services for Cardiothoracic and Vascular Procedures

Cardiothoracic anesthesiologists specialize in the preoperative, 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. 

Although the 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.

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