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Cardio Thoracic Surgery - Medical

Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine involved in surgical treatment of diseases affecting organs inside the thorax (the chest)—generally treatment of conditions of the heart (heart disease) and lungs (lung disease).


Cardiac surgery (involving the heart and great vessels) and thoracic surgery (involving the lungs and any other thoracic organ) are separate surgical specialties, except in the USA, the UK and Australia, where they are frequently grouped together, so that a surgeon training in the cardiothoracic specialty will receive a broader experience in both fields before they develop their special interest in certain parts of the speciality.