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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Raymond Morales

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Top Cardiovascular Care

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital was recognized by IBM Watson Health™ as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ in the United States for inpatient cardiovascular services. According to the press release, "When compared with other U.S. acute care hospitals providing cardiovascular care that were included in in this study, the Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals consistently outperformed on clinical outcomes, efficiency, and 30-day readmissions, providing higher quality at a lower cost." Read more about this recognition here.

When it comes to surgery on the heart and lungs, you want a surgical team that combines exceptional surgical expertise with compassion and experience to provide you with the care you need. A team with a track record of superior outcomes. A team that gets to know you and your family. You can find that team in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Our surgeons perform a wide range of cardiac and thoracic procedures, from routine operations to the most complex surgeries. We carefully assess your individual needs and tailor a personalized plan of care designed just for you.

Your Healthcare Team

Our cardiothoracic surgeons are affiliated with the prestigious Weill Cornell Medicine. They are recognized leaders in the field of cardiothoracic surgery and deliver high-quality compassionate care. They are joined by cardiologists, pulmonologists, oncologists, intensivists, and cardiothoracic anesthesiologists. Specially trained and dedicated nurses provide outstanding care before, during, and after surgery to ensure the best outcomes. We understand that you are placing your life in our hands, and we work together to ease your anxiety and earn your trust. From your initial consultation and discussion of surgery, through your operation in our state-of-the-art operating rooms, to your recovery in the ICU and our newly constructed step-down unit, your team is with you every step of the way. We treat you like a member of our family.

A Specialized Approach to Cardiothoracic Surgical Care

In many hospitals, heart and lung surgeries are done by the same surgeons. At NYP Brooklyn Methodist, we have specialists who do only cardiac surgery and others who focus only on thoracic surgery. In addition, at all heart surgeries, two board-certified cardiac surgeons work together on each patient.

Advantages of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

  • Every heart surgery is performed by two board-certified cardiac surgeons.
  • A boutique, specialized cardiothoracic practice lead by the surgeon.
  • A dedicated cardiothoracic surgery intensive care unit with intensivists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
  • Compassionate, patient-centered care by a team of outstanding critical care and step-down nurses.

Leadership in Cardiac Surgical Procedures

Cardiac surgeons at NYP Brooklyn Methodist perform an expansive range of cardiac procedures, including:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), including multiple arteria grafting.
  • Valve repair and replacement, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
  • Aneurysm repair.
  • Arrhythmia ablation.
  • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR).
  • Implantation of assist devices for the failing heart.

We have special expertise in advanced coronary artery grafting using a technique called multiple arterial grafting. Our surgeons and physician assistants are leaders in the field, with special expertise in radial artery grafting—a procedure which results in better long-term outcomes. 

ECMO: Lifesaving Support for Failing Hearts

NYP Brooklyn Methodist is one of the few hospitals in Brooklyn that offers extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a way to artificially supply oxygen-rich blood to the body when the heart and lungs are incapable of doing so. A cardiac surgeon inserts a tube into the patient's femoral vein. Blood is then removed and oxygenated via an external device, and then returned to the body via the femoral artery. ECMO can be used to support circulation and respiration in the body until the heart and lungs regain normal function, and can also be used to support patients with severe heart failure who will be receiving a ventricular assist device (VAD).

Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Our thoracic surgeons provide comprehensive care for people with diseases of the lung, trachea, esophagus, chest wall, and mediastinum (the middle section of the chest cavity). Our team has particular expertise in surgery for:

  • Lung cancer.
  • Mesothelioma.
  • Esophageal cancer.
  • Achalasia (a swallowing disorder).
  • Tracheal stenosis (narrowing of the airway).
  • Hiatal hernia.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating).
  • Myasthenia gravis and thymomas.
  • Diaphragm paralysis.
  • Emphysema.
  • Thoracic injuries due to trauma.

Most of our patients are able to have minimally invasive thoracic surgery, which results in less blood loss, smaller incisions, less postoperative discomfort, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster return to their normal activities. We are able to perform some of these procedures robotically, including the removal of lung and esophageal cancers.

Contact

For an appointment with a cardiothoracic surgeon, call 718-780-7700.

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