Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic is the field of medicine pertaining to the organs inside the chest (the thorax), including the heart, lungs and esophagus. The terms cardiac, thoracic, cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon are sometimes used interchangeably in the medical field for surgeons who specialize in surgery of the chest. While there is some overlap, cardiovascular generally refers to surgery for conditions outside of the heart.

At Wichita Surgical Specialists, our cardiothoracic surgeons provide comprehensive care for patients suffering from heart problems, including heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, congenital heart disease or heart failure, arrhythmias, and atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Pacemakers and coronary artery bypass surgery are used to treat patients suffering from heart attacks. For patients who are not well enough to undergo open-heart surgery, our cardiac surgeons may be able to replace the heart valve using a minimally invasive, FDA-approved, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure.

However, our specialists also perform surgical treatment for diseases of the chest, including lung cancer, benign pulmonary nodules, lymphoma, chest wall diseases, and esophageal disease.

What is Heart Disease?

The term heart disease is used to describe many types of heart problems. The most common is coronary artery disease, which is when plaque (fatty deposits) builds up on the heart arteries, restricting blood flow to the heart. This decreased blood flow weakens the heart muscle over time, which can lead to chest pain or discomfort and potentially cause arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), heart failure or even a heart attack.

Heart Disease Facts & Prevention

When it comes to matters of the heart, the numbers are staggering. According to the CDC, heart disease affects more men and women in the United States than any other condition. More than 735,000 people suffer a heart attack each year. In addition, more than 600,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year.

Early detection is crucial for the prevention and treatment of heart disease. Regular checkups as well as lifestyle changes can make a big impact in preventing it from impacting your life. Here are some of the steps you can take to aid in the prevention of heart disease:

  • Get regular physical activity
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet (low salt, fats, and cholesterol)
  • Aim for an optimal weight
  • Manage stress
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption
  • Don’t smoke

The National Institute of Health (NIH) offers some helpful information regarding the risk factors for heart disease. Click here to learn more.

Our cardiothoracic specialists are committed to the highest quality and most comprehensive care for patients suffering from heart problems. To schedule an appointment with one of our cardiothoracic surgeons, please call 316-263-0296, or toll-free 800-362-3130.

Our Physicians

  • Sanjay G. Khicha, MD, FACS
    • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
    • Aortic Surgery
    • Thoracic Stent Grafting
    • Thoracic Oncology
    • Benign Lung Disease
    • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Brett E. Grizzell, MD, FACS
    • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
    • Minimally Invasive Mitral and Aortic Repair/Replacement
    • Atrial Fibrillation
    • Aortic Aneurysm
    • Minimally Invasive Lung Resection (VATS)
    • Lead Extraction
    • On- and Off-Pump Coronary Revascularization
    • Robotic Lung Resection