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Cardiothoracic Trauma Surgery In Abu Dhabi


Cardiac and thoracic trauma, in general, is a major cause of morbidity and mortality across the world and quite a difficult condition to diagnose and treat. In fact, this cardiovascular condition is responsible for more productive years lost than ischemic heart disease and cancer combined.

Somehow, Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) are one of the most common causes of cardiac trauma in the modern era, and they frequently result in haemorrhage and death. MVAs also account for nearly 81% of all cases of blunt cardiac trauma. It also significantly contributes to 25% of traumatic deaths and fatalities.

However, Cardiothoracic Trauma Surgery in Abu Dhabi deals with immediate and critical care of patients who have sustained severe injuries or trauma. Our trauma surgeon Dr Taj Chowdhry with his team of experts assesses, diagnoses, and treats patients who have suffered severe injuries, often in an emergency.

Cardiothoracic Trauma Surgery In Abu Dhabi

What is Cardiothoracic Trauma Surgery?

Cardiovascular trauma surgery, also known as thoracic trauma surgery or cardiac trauma surgery, is a specialized branch of minimally invasive surgery that focuses on treating penetrating injuries and damage to the heart, blood vessels, and other structures within the chest (thoracic) region caused by traumatic events. These traumatic injuries can result from accidents, falls, penetrating wounds (such as gunshot or stab wounds), or other high-impact incidents.

Depending on the disease, different techniques are used: video-assisted surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, endovascular procedures, and transcatheter procedures – all of which require less blood, less scarring, and a faster recovery time while maintaining the same quality and safety as the conventional approach.

Not to mention, these surgeries require a highly skilled and experienced surgical team, including cardiac surgeons, trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, and critical care specialists. Cardiothoracic Trauma Surgery in Abu Dhabi is typically performed in dedicated trauma centers or major medical facilities with the necessary resources and expertise to handle complex and life-threatening injuries.

What are Penetrating Injuries?

Cardiovascular penetrating injuries refer to traumatic injuries that involve the penetration or perforation of the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart, major blood vessels, and related structures within the chest cavity. These injuries occur when an external object, such as a bullet, knife, or sharp object, enters the chest and directly impacts the cardiovascular structures.

The placement of thoracostomy tubes is the initial treatment for penetrating chest injuries. However,  anatomical resection (lobectomy or tractotomy with selective vascular ligation) and selective vascular ligation may be required.  Pneumonectomy may also be required to repair hilar injuries.

Types of Cardiothoracic Trauma Surgery in Abu Dhabi

Cardiovascular trauma surgeries are performed to address injuries or damage to the heart and blood vessels caused by external forces, such as accidents, gunshot wounds, or other traumatic events. These surgeries are often complex and require skilled cardiac surgeons and specialized medical teams.

Some common types of cardiovascular trauma surgeries include:

Emergency Thoracotomy: An emergency thoracotomy is a surgical procedure performed when a patient experiences severe trauma to the chest, such as penetrating injuries or massive chest trauma. It involves making an incision in the chest to access and repair the injured structures, such as the heart, blood vessels, or lungs.

Cardiac Repair: Injuries to the heart, such as punctures or tears, may require surgical repair. Surgeons can close the wounds and ensure the heart’s proper function is restored.

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG): CABG is a procedure used to bypass blocked or damaged coronary arteries. In cases of cardiovascular trauma that affect the coronary arteries, bypass grafts may be necessary to restore blood flow to the heart muscle.

Aortic Repair: Trauma to the aorta, the largest artery in the body, can be life-threatening. Surgeons may need to repair or replace a damaged segment of the aorta to prevent severe bleeding and restore normal blood flow.

Vascular Repair: Injuries to major blood vessels, such as the aorta or vena cava, may require surgical repair to control bleeding and restore blood flow.

Valve Repair or Replacement: Trauma to the heart valves can lead to dysfunction, causing problems with blood flow. Surgeons may repair or replace damaged heart valves during trauma surgeries.

Pericardial Window: Injuries to the pericardium, the sac that surrounds the heart, can cause a buildup of fluid around the heart, compressing it and affecting its function. A pericardial window may be created to drain the fluid and relieve pressure.

ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation): In severe cases of cardiovascular trauma where the heart or lungs are severely compromised, ECMO can be used as a temporary life-support system. It involves diverting blood from the body, oxygenating it, and returning it to the body, helping the heart and lungs to rest and recover.

Stent Placement: In cases where trauma causes significant damage to blood vessels, stents may be placed to keep the vessels open and facilitate blood flow.

It’s important to note that the choice of surgical procedure depends on the specific type and severity of cardiovascular trauma. Each case is unique, and the surgical approach will be tailored to the patient’s condition and needs. These surgeries are highly specialized and typically performed in dedicated trauma centers or major medical facilities with experienced cardiovascular surgical teams.

Dr Taj Chowdhry-
for a meticulous and precise approach

Dr Taj Chowdhry is a renowned medical professional when it comes to cardiothoracic trauma surgery in Abu Dhabi. He is a one-of-a-kind surgeon performing exclusive cardiothoracic surgeries that need utmost accuracy. His meticulous and precise approach to surgery ensures that the patient gets the most successful outcome with minimal risk of complications or side effects.

If you are looking for specialized care related to cardiothoracic trauma surgery, then consulting Dr Taj should be your first choice, as he has established himself as an expert in this field.