We found 7 cardiothoracic surgeons near West Des Moines, IA.

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Dr. Paul Andrew Conte M.D.
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 4949 Pleasant Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Robert H. Zeff M.D.
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Address: 5880 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Clinical Interests: heart surgery
Marnix A. Verhofste M.D.
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 3600 30th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310
Debra L. Ryan ARNP
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiology (Heart Disease)
Address: 5880 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Clinical Interests: heart problems
Jacoby D. Stieler ARNP
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery
Address: 5880 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Dr. Steven Joseph Phillips M.D.
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Address: 8081 Cobblestone Road, Urbandale, IA 50322
Dr. Chamnahn Kongtahworn M.D.
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Address: 12950 Woodlands Parkway, Clive, IA 50325
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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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