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Our Division offers diverse cardiothoracic surgical services.Here is a brief description of some of them:

Traditional Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is the most common heart operation. Over 300,000 of this operation is done each year in this country alone. Until the recent advances in angioplasty, CABG was the most common operation in most major university hospital.... read more >>

Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Traditional heart surgery is done by diverting the body’s blood circulation away from the heart and lung and the blood is artificially oxygenated and circulated by a heart-lung machine. This technique allows the heart surgeon to stop and work on the heart while the heart-lung machine keeps the vital organs perfused and thus the patient alive.... read more >>

Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

The heart has a right side and a left side. The right sided chambers are responsible for pumping the de-oxygenated (used and returned) blood from the body to the lungs where the blood will pick up oxygen from the air that we breathe. The left sided chambers then pump the oxygenated blood from the lungs into the aorta which is the main artery that delivers the blood to the vital organs through its branches. The human heart has four valves to ensure one way flow of the blood through its four chambers... read more >>

Mitral Valve Repair

Mitral Valve Repair versus Replacement: A successfully repaired heart valve is expected to have a better outcome than replacing a damaged heart valve with a man-made valve. The life expectancy of a repaired valve is much longer when compared to a bioprothesis valve used in replacement. A repaired heart valve can last for 10 years at the minimum and in many cases it can last a lifetime read more >>

Endovascular Stent-graft for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Endovascular aortic surgery is a rapidly evolving technology that has been proven to have significant clinical benefits in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm (bulging of the largest artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body, the aorta). One device is FDA approved for human use in the United States. read more >>

Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

Surgical correction under the principle of the Cox-Maze procedure as developed by Dr. James Cox, has been designed to treat people who have chronic atrial fibrillation and had poor results from medications or other types of treatment .... read more >>

"Limited Access" Valve Surgery (Thoracoscopic and Robotic)

Heartport, minimally invasive, and port-access approaches can be collectively viewed as “limited access” approaches to heart valve surgery... read more >>

Anti-Reflux Esophageal Surgery

Gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD means regurgitation of acid stomach contents into the esophagus. In normal health there are mechanisms that prevent reflux. The resistance of the lining of the esophagus prevents damage and injury.

Breakdown of these mechanisms leads to prolonged and abnormal contact of acid with esophageal mucosa and chronic injury. This causes symptoms and can be seen with endoscopic examination of the esophagus. Besides the symptoms themselves being a problem, longstanding exposure of the esophageal mucosa to acid may lead to changes called Barrett's epithelium, and eventually to cancer. Recognition of GERD, and appropriate management and continued surveillance is important, to relieve symptoms and prevent complications and possibly the future development of cancer...read more >>

Lung Cancer and Treatment Options

Lung cancer remains currently the chief cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the USA. It causes more deaths than the next three common cancers: Breast, Colon and Prostate. Roughly, 1 million people die of lung cancer every year all over the world... read more >>

TMR- Transmyocardial Revasularization

Transmyocardial Revascularization or TMR, is a new surgical procedure which uses a laser to make 20-45 "channels", or small holes, directly into the heart muscle. The outside of the heart muscle seals up immediately. TMR has been shown to reduce angina and improve the quality of life in patients with coronary artery disease... read more >>

Ventricular Remodeling Surgery & Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program

There is a great need in the medically underserved area of Brooklyn in which SUNY Downstate Medical Center is located, for the treatment of advanced heart failure. In light of the shortage of donors for heart transplant, and the great number of patients with co-morbidities as contraindications to heart transplant in the patient population of Brooklyn, there is a great need for an alternative to heart transplant for this sizable population of patients with advanced heart failure... read more >>

To Contact Us:

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 40
Brooklyn, New York 11203
Tel: 718-270-1981 | Fax: 718-270-3843
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