We found 9 cardiothoracic surgeons near La Mesa, CA.

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Dr. Michael Peter Koumjian MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Average rating 3.38 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 5525 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone: 619-466-5700
Clinical Interests: thoracotomy (incision between the ribs), lung cancer, heart surgery ... (Read more)
Yuan H. Lin M.D.
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Average rating 2.42 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
Address: 5565 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Clinical Interests: valvuloplasty, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, pacemaker implantation ... (Read more)
Dr. Frederick Michael Howden M.D.
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
Address: 6719 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120
Clinical Interests: Mini-Maze procedure, birth defects, Maze procedure ... (Read more)
Dr. Bernard J. Urlaub M.D.
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Average rating 4.38 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 6719 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120
Hugo Edgardo Gomez-Engler M.D.
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery
Address: 5525 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Ms. Carrie D. Musicant PA
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Address: 8860 Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone: 619-460-6200
Dr. Leland B. Housman M.D.
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 4878 Avion Way, San Diego, CA 92115
Dr. Frantz J. Derenoncourt Sr. MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Address: 655 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114
Dr. Robert Poirier MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Address: Casa Cielo, Spring Valley, CA 91977
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What is Cardiothoracic Surgery?

Cardiothoracic surgery is the medical specialty that provides surgical care for the chest. Most often this means heart or lung surgery, but it can also include surgery on the esophagus, breastbone, or chest wall. Some cardiothoracic surgeons may specialize in the surgical treatment of children, or focus on a specific organ or surgical procedure.

Some of the diseases and procedures that a cardiothoracic surgeon might handle include:
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • GERD, or severe acid reflux
  • Heart or lung transplants

Cardiothoracic surgeons may use various types of imaging, such as an electrocardiogram or CT scan, to diagnose problems and plan the operation. They may also offer minimally invasive surgery or robotic surgery, if appropriate, to lower the risk of scarring and infection.

Cardiothoracic surgery is an older medical specialty, but it is still one of the most amazing. Often patients who need a cardiothoracic surgeon are extremely sick, suffering from an illness that will kill them without intervention. With surgery, however, they often make a complete recovery.
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