Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

male doctor holding chest xray, talking to female patient
male doctor holding chest xray, talking to female patient
male doctor holding chest xray, talking to female patient

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in Laredo, Texas

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Heart disease is best treated when caught early, as it can reduce the chance of heart damage.

Physicians at Laredo Physician’s Group provide comprehensive care for your heart. The cardiac surgeons are supported by an experienced team that may include cardiac specialists, heart team lab technicians and clinicians. Additionally, cardiac anesthesia professionals, perfusionists and specially trained operating room nurses may help during surgery.

Conditions We Treat

The team at Laredo Physician’s Group is equipped to treat:

  • Aortic valve disease
  • Blocked arteries
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Carotid stenosis
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Lung masses
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Risk of stroke
  • Thickening or hardening of the arteries
  • Thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Thrombus clots

Our Procedures

  • Coronary Bypass
  • Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Aneurysm Repair
  • Lung resections
  • VATS
  • Mediastinoscopy/Mediastinotomy
  • mediastinal mass
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Lower extremity bypass
  • Femoral endarterectomy
  • AV fistula creation (dialysis)

Types of Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Performing a range of surgical procedures to diagnose, manage and treat heart and vascular disease, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons operate on the heart, lungs and other organs in the chest.

Cardiothoracic surgeons may provide:

  • Beating heart bypass surgery
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Aortic aneurysms and dissections repair

Endovascular Surgery

Endovascular surgery is minimally invasive, as opposed to typical heart surgeries. Using only two to three-inch cuts, it enables surgeons to access many regions of the body through major blood vessels.

Endovascular surgeons may provide:

  • Endovascular repair of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms
  • Diagnostic and interventional abdominal and peripheral blood X-ray
  • Thrombolysis for arterial occlusions and deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Open Vascular Surgery

Vascular disorders can impair or block blood flow in any or many parts of the body resulting in stroke, kidney failure, limb ischemia or even death. Thopracic surgeons focus on early detection, treatment and prevention.

Thoracic surgeons provide the following:

  • Ascending and thoracic aortic aneurysm repair
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Peripheral bypass grafts
  • Open embolectomy and/or thrombolysis

Robotic Thoracic Surgery

Robot-assisted surgeries can be less invasive than other chest surgeries, giving a surgeon a complete view of your anatomy with minimal scarring.

The minimally invasive thoracic surgery only requires a few small incisions. The surgeon is able to control the robotic instruments and make more precise movements with its assistance. Once the cut is made, it uses the magnified view of the 3D high definition camera. The camera gives surgeons a clear view of the inside of the chest.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

A minimally invasive procedure for high-risk patients with aortic stenosis, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an alternative for patients who should not receive or cannot receive traditional aortic valve surgery. The device takes over the original valve’s function and allows blood to flow out of the heart more easily.

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery or minimally invasive surgery is right for you.