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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Skilled Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Washington DC

We offer comprehensive and personal clinical and diagnostic evaluation of the disease condition specific to each individual patient lead by Dr. Gregory D. Trachiotis, professor of surgery, chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and chief, Cardiac Surgery, Veterans Affairs Medical Center/VISN-5. Our services include:

Cardiac Surgery:

  • Coronary Revascularization
  • Off-pump CABG (OPCAB), beating heart operative strategies
  • Heart Failure
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Advanced Cardiopulmonary bypass techniques (mini-CPB)
  • Valve repair/replacement
  • Aortic reconstruction
  • Atrial fibrillation corrective surgery (radiofrequency ablation)
  • Research based and secondary preventive postoperative long-term core strategies

Thoracic Surgery:

  • Endoscopy
  • Staging of lung and esophageal cancer
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery (VATS)
  • Microbiotic applications to lung and esophageal disorders
  • Thoracic oncology - lung and esophageal
  • Esophageal motility disorder (Achalasia)
  • Symphathectomy - thoracic
  • Thymic surgery
  • Thoracoahdominal approach to neurological or orthopaedic disorders

Thoracic Oncology

We offer several treatment options such as minimally invasive thoracic surgery (VATS), and minimal access thoracic surgery, and cardiac surgery. Specific diseases conditions treated with a multi-disciplinary team (Thoracic Oncology) approach, include lung and esophageal cancers.

Special Clinical Problems:

  • Cardiac and Thoracic diseases in HIV, AIDS Patients
  • Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea) in Cardiovascular disease

We also treat conditions such as dysmotility (Achalasia) or hiatal hernia or reflux of the esophagus. Many of these treatments are co-managed with our laparoscopic team.

We offer a specialized team approach to diseases of the spine with our colleagues in Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery and Pain Management, offering critical thoracic approaches to these disorders. Our cardiac surgery offers detailed exams and state-of–the art approaches to coronary artery bypass surgery (80% are performed on the beating heart or OPCAB), aortic and mitral valve disease, mitral valve repair, and diseases of the aortic root, and aortic aneurysms, including thoracic aorta endograph (TEVAR).

All cardiac and thoracic surgery in the operating room are conducted with specialty trained cardiovascular anesthesiologists that use specialized monitoring equipment and management strategies to minimize postoperative pain and to facilitate early recovery. Special clinical treatments in HIV/AIDS patients, and sleep disorders (sleep apnea) in cardiovascular disease, and hyperhidrosis (sympathectomy), and specific research treatments in hypertension, and heart failure are also featured protocols.

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Patient Stories

  • Weight Loss Surgery Success - Chuck Carroll

    At my heaviest, I weighed 420 pounds with a 66-inch waist and wore a size 6XL shirt. Walking up a single flight of stairs took every ounce of energy I had while walking across the street felt as though I had run a marathon. I couldn’t even fit in a regular chair. Flash forward nearly 10 years and I am 275 pounds lighter! I proudly shop off the rack for 32-inch waist pants and small shirts. And I don’t just walk up the stairs now, ...

  • Tiffany’s Bariatric Surgery Story

    Making the decision to have Gastric Bypass Surgery in 2016 was one of the toughest, but best decisions I have made in my life. At my heaviest I was 340+ pounds and I felt defeated, ashamed, lonely, and depressed. Anytime I would walk past a mirror I would just want to cry and hide. Now almost two years later I feel better than I have ever felt in my entire life. I can climb a flight (or four) of stairs without feeling like I’ll ...

  • A Patient's Story

    Battling high blood pressure and immobility, Arlene knew she had to lose weight. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she turned to our surgical weight loss providers for gastric bypass to jump start her journey to improved health. Listen to her story.