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What is Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic, in general terms, refers to the chest. In the medical field, a cardiothoracic surgeon carries out surgical treatments in the chest, involving organs such as the heart, lungs and the oesophagus. They may also treat cancer, injuries and obtain biopsies from the thorax.
Cardiothoracic surgery can be divided into three principle subspecialties: cardiac, thoracic and congenital.
Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac surgery, also known as cardiovascular surgery, is the surgical treatment on the heart or great vessels such as the aorta and the vena cava. Surgeons conduct cardiac surgery to repair damaged structures in the heart, implant medical devices to aid the heart and treat heart diseases. Some of the common types of cardiac surgery are open-heart surgery, coronary artery bypass grafting, heart transplant and minimally invasive surgery.A cardiovascular surgeon may operate to treat:

  • coronary artery diseases
  • blockage in the heart valve(s)
  • leaking heart valve(s)
  • aneurysms of the large arteries
  • heart failure
  • atrial fibrillation
Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgery involves organs in of the chest but excludes the heart and great vessels. The organs treated in thoracic surgery include lungs, oesophagus, trachea and the chest wall.Thoracic surgery addresses various types of conditions such as:

  • lung cancer
  • tumours and benign growths in the lungs
  • oesophageal cancer
  • achalasia
  • gastroesophageal reflux
  • mesothelioma
  • lung infections
  • chest reconstruction after major trauma or surgery
  • hyperhidrosis
  • pleural diseases
  • lung transplantation for end-stage diseases of the lung
  • tracheal resection or stent insertion for airway narrowing
Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Congenital cardiac surgery corrects most heart defects that have been present since birth in babies and young children. These heart defects can involve problems in the interior walls of the heart, the valves, the arteries and veins that supply blood to or from the heart.Examples of congenital heart defects are:

  • transposition of the great arteries
  • ventricular septal defects
  • hydroplastic left or right heart syndrome
  • atrial septal defects
  • coarctation of the aorta
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Dato’ Dr Mohd Hamzah Kamarulzaman

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Sessional Consultant
Cardiothoracic Surgery
MD (UK), FRCS (Ed.)
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Spoken Language
English, Malay

Doctor Availability

Tuesday9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Dr Taufiq Abdullah

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Resident Consultant
Cardiothoracic Surgery
MBBS (Malaya) , MSurg (Malaya) , Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery (Monash Heart, Aust)
Suite Number
Level 2 - A-L2-15
Spoken Language
English, Malay

Doctor Availability

Monday9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday9:00am - 1:00pm