The Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona serves people who have conditions of the heart, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm and great vessels (cardiovascular and thoracic diseases). Surgeons perform more than 800 cardiothoracic surgeries each year, including procedures involving minimally invasive techniques.
Mayo Clinic cardiac and thoracic surgeons work as a team with doctors in many other specialties, including cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary medicine and hematology/oncology, to care for people who have heart and chest conditions.
Cardiothoracic surgeons have expertise in many cardiothoracic conditions and procedures, including:
For some people, surgeons combine cardiothoracic surgery with other treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, gene therapy, isolated lung perfusion and advanced laser surgery.