Cardiothoracic surgery in Israel takes one of the leading places in the world. Our surgeons perform surgeries to treat cardiac, pericardial, pleural and large blood vessels of the chest, chest injuries and congenital defects correction of the heart and blood vessels. In some cases surgeries of the esophagus and diaphragm are performed in parallel.
We work with leading Israeli cardiothoracic surgeons, heads of departments of major Israeli hospitals and research centers.
Previously, most operations in this field were shunting, aimed at bypassing coronary artery obstruction. Today, due to advances in Israeli medical technology, our experienced surgeons perform most coronary artery operations without opening the chest. These operations are performed using the “therapeutic catheterization” method.
Currently, open surgery is used only in complex or specific cases of coronary artery occlusion. Catheterization saves patients time for recovery associated with open heart surgery, and also helps to avoid some complications.
Cardiothoracic and heart surgeries performed by our cardiac surgeons in the leading Israeli hospitals:
Chest wall repair surgery
When is chest wall reconstruction / repair surgery performed?
The chest wall reconstruction is performed mainly in two groups of patients:
- who have had an infection of the chest wall after heart surgery
- in patients suffering from congenital chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum).
Pacemaker implantation in Israel
The pacemaker implantation is one of the ways to treat arrhythmia in Israel. Arrhythmia is a failure of the heart rhythm.
We work with leading Israeli cardiac surgeons, electrophysiologists or arrhythmologists, heads of departments and research institutes in Israel, experienced specialists in the treatment of all types of arrhythmias, including the implantation pacemaker.
Cardiac Ablation for Arrhythmia treatment – radiofrequency ablation, balloon cryoablation
Cardiac ablation has been used by Israeli cardiac surgeons for over 25 years. This is an effective and relatively safe treatment for heart arrhythmia. Currently, radiofriquency ablation RFA is performed using radio waves, rather than direct current, as in the past. The next step in the development of ablation is the freezing method or cryoablation, using a laser, ultrasound, microwaves and much more.
Coronary balloon angioplasty and stenting
Coronary balloon angioplasty (coronary angiography or catheterization of the heart vessels) and stenting is performed when it is necessary to open the blockage or obstruction of the coronary arteries.
Catheterization – Diagnostic Coronary Angiography
Diagnostic coronary angiography of the heart vessels or coronaroangiography is a modern effective method for the diagnosis of coronary artery sclerosis (or atherosclerosis) in Israel and in the world. Coronary angiography or catheterization is also used as a first-class tool for the diagnosis of pathological conditions not only in the arteries, but also in the heart.
Lung biopsy – FNA and bronchoscopy
A lung biopsy in Israel, in most cases, is performed to diagnose problems that were previously discovered by visual tests – chest x-ray, CT, which require clarification. A lung biopsy is taken from tissues and lymph nodes with suspected lung cancer or inflammatory lung diseases – bacterial pneumonia, tuberculosis, etc.
Lung lobe resection – lobectomy
Lung lobe resection or lobectomy, in most cases, is performed in the case of lung cancer, when it is necessary to remove the tumor. In other cases, indications for lung lobe lobectomy may be conditions such as pulmonary edema, chest damage, or severe infections.
Mediastinotomy and surgery of mediastinal tumors
Mediastinotomy is the creation of a small hole in the upper chest in the mediastinum. This hole allows the doctor to examine the area between the lungs. This area is called mediastinum, it includes the heart, large blood vessels, trachea and bronchi, lymph nodes and lymph vessels, and the thymus gland. The mediastinum is divided into anterior, middle and posterior.
Atrial septal defect or ASD repair – Mini invasive
The atrial septal defect or ASD is a congenital heart defect, which looks like a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart – the right atrium and the left atrium. This allows the mixing of venous blood, poor in oxygen, which returns to the heart from the body (right atrium) and oxygenated blood coming from the lungs (left atrium). The degree of mixing largely depends on the size of the defect and the relative pressures in each atrium.
Coronary Artery bypass grafting surgery CABG
Coronary artery bypass graft surgery in Israel is a surgical procedure that allows to bypass the blood flow around an area of a blocked or partially blocked heart artery. As a result of this procedure, blood flow to the heart muscle improves.
We cooperate with the leading Israeli cardiac surgeons, heads of cardiac surgery departments and research institutes, which have many years experience in CABG procedure.
TAVI procedure – Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
TAVI procedure or aortic valve transcatheter replacement is often used by leading Israeli heart surgeons to repair the valve. Closed heart catheterization or aortic valve replacement has a significant advantage over open surgery. This is a minimal invasion, minimal blood loss and risks, as well as minimal anesthesia.