Cardiothoracic anesthesiology is primarily devoted to the preoperative, intra-operative, and postoperative care of patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery such as, but not limited to, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve repair or replacement, aortic dissection repair, aortic aneurysm repair, open thoracotomy, and video-assisted thoracoscopic procedures.
We have a team of anesthesiologists specially trained to manage all aspects of cardiothoracic anesthesia. Invasive monitoring procedures may be used for your surgery so the anesthesiologists can safely track blood pressure, heart rate, blood gasses and other stressors that can affect the heart. These procedures may include arterial line placement (femoral, axillary, brachial, radial), central venous cannulation (internal jugular, femoral, subclavian), pulmonary artery catheter placement, transvenous pacemaker placement, thoracic epidural analgesia, transesophageal echocardiography, intraspinal drainage placement, and advanced ultrasound guidance of vascular access.
We understand that having cardiothoracic surgery is a very stressful time. Our doctors are dedicated to ensuring that your surgery is a safe and comfortable experience. We will meet with you prior to your surgery to thoroughly discuss your medical history, allergies, surgical plan, and answer any questions you may have.