Surgery is a medical or surgical specialty which makes use of surgical instruments and operative techniques in an attempt to repair or reconstruct a patient’s damaged tissue, organ or bodily part. A patient undergoing surgery will most often be under general anesthesia for the procedure. Anesthesia is defined as a substance, compound or solution used to limit or block the perception of pain. Generally, this includes the use of drugs such as nitrous oxide, anti-emetics and anti-anxiety drugs, that are administered during surgery in an effort to reduce the perception of pain. The effects of these drugs can also extend to the patient’s surroundings, in the form of adverse effects. These can include loss of sensation, choking, vomit, nausea, diarrhea, stress, hearing and vision impairments, permanent nerve damage, death, and more.
In the United States, thoracic surgeons are typically required to have received at least 5 years of training and experience in the field. In many other countries, thoracic surgery is covered by public health insurance. Thoracic surgeons are required to undergo a board certification process to receive certification from the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS). ABTS works to standardize the quality of surgical procedures performed across the country. While certification from ABTS does not guarantee a higher salary or job security, it does indicate to potential employers that the surgeon has been thoroughly trained and experienced in the procedures.
Thoracic surgery, unlike most other types of surgical procedures, is relatively common and considered to be safe. However, complications related to surgery are possible. Therefore, it is imperative that surgical candidates are highly trained in order to minimize the risks of complications.
Thoracic surgery is the name given to the upper portion of the chest. The muscles of the chest wall are located here and surgeons use small incisions to access them. Thoracic surgeons can perform surgery on both the upper and lower halves of the chest. Possible complications include respiratory distress, permanent chest deformity, asymmetry, pain, allergic reactions, and excessive bleeding. Because this is a commonly occurring type of cosmetic procedure, potential complications are often discussed with patients before the operation. Thoracic surgeons are expected to be skilled and experienced with their own equipment in order to minimize the risks of the procedure.
There are many cases where minimally invasive techniques are preferable over surgery for the patient. In many cases, patients live for months or even years after having a procedure performed. Recovery time is relatively short and in some cases, there is little to no downtime at all. Recovery time is usually limited to short walks and limited amounts of medication.
Today’s medical procedures are designed to provide patients with the highest quality of health care. The purpose of providing quality medical care is to treat patients with the highest level of accuracy. As such, when considering undergoing surgical procedures, always ensure that the doctor has the highest quality equipment available. You may be saving yourself some money but you may end up suffering in the future.