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Department Overview

The Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine is among the leading cardiothoracic care programs in New York. We offer patients a full range of surgical options, including minimally invasive and beating heart techniques for patient requiting valve or coronary artery surgery, as well as advanced minimally invasive techniques for surgery of the aorta, lung, mediastinum and esophagus. These techniques have become the standard of care here because they fit in so well with our philosophy of achieving optimal surgical repairs while preserving patients' quality of life.

Our surgeons have access to the latest technologies and facilities. In fact, we are now offering transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using a percutaneous device for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at high or extreme risk for surgical aortic valve replacement. To ensure the best outcomes for TAVR patients, the health system has opened hybrid operating rooms that combine the functionality of a traditional catheterization lab with a cardiac operating room. This technology allows interventionalists and surgeons to collaborate on the most complex cardiac cases, and exemplifies our commitment to the latest advances in cardiac care.

In addition to offering groundbreaking technology, our surgical program provides patients with the advantage of an onsite multi-disciplinary team of cardiologists, electrophysiologists, interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons, dietitians, physical therapists and social workers. This team often expands to include immediate care from on-site physicians from every medical specialty required. Our multi-disciplinary approach and expertise has gained us the reputation of being the best prepared surgical practice to handle procedures that may be complex and/or complicated by underlying illness/age.

Our large volume, consisting of many complex and complicated procedures in all areas assures that patients are receiving the best care possible from some of the most experienced and expertly skilled surgeons in the world.

Our surgeons are committed to studying and evaluating new methods of surgical treatment as well as improving surgical outcomes through clinical and laboratory research. Our staff is equally concerned with helping patients and their families through the anxious days before and after surgery. We meet with patients before surgery to explain the process, answer questions and provide take home information. During the surgery an operating room nurse gives hourly updates so the family knows how the surgery is going. And after the surgery we assign a nurse case manager who works with the patient and family during the hospitalization and serves as the point of contact once the patient leaves the hospital.

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