The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery performs over 1,000 surgical interventions annually. Highest quality medical and surgical care is provided by an experienced team who include specialists in diagnostic imaging, pathohistology, nuclear medicine, as well as colleagues from various internal medicine specialties. The department offers all the necessary diagnostic procedures and treatment within just one visit to the hospital, providing simultaneously a standard- or a high- technology application of diagnostic and therapeutic protocols in treating each patient individually. The Thoracic and Vascular Surgery Department is led by Dr. Mitko Karagjozov, the most experienced surgeon in this field in our country.
Thoracic surgery is the field of medicine involved in surgical treatment of diseases affecting organs inside the thorax (the chest) such as: lungs, diaphragm, esophagus, tumors of the chest wall, mediastinal tumors and all congenital chest wall anomalies. Since this area of the human body is very delicate and significant, the surgeons' experience, the collaborative team environment and the use of up-to-date medical equipment are all particularly important in minimizing the risks at such interventions as well as in increasing the overall success rate. Today, lung cancer is one of the most common malignancies encountered in everyday practice.
The staff at the Clinical Hospital "Acibadem Sistina" provides multidisciplinary approach to treatment options enabled by regular consultations of physicians from many specialties within the medical profession. In addition to surgeons, these consultations include specialists in the field of: anesthesiology, pulmonology, radiology, pathology, oncology, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine. This arrangement enables completion of the most complex thoracic interventions with a high degree of success.
Vascular surgery is a surgery specialization in which diseases and disorders of the vascular system i.e. arteries and veins are treated. Having in mind the generalized nature of atherosclerosis, the treatment of patients suffering from this disease is carried out through a collaborative team approach of colleagues from different departments - cardiology, radiology, anesthesiology, hematology and blood transfusion etc. The treatment is managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction. Blood vessels surgery is perhaps one of the most delicate segments of general surgery. The department is therefore led by one of the most experienced surgeons in our country.
"Acibadem Sistina" puts a special emphasis on the care and treatment of breast diseases. The Breasts Cancer Centre holds consultative meetings of leading experts in the field of diagnostic radiology, breast reconstruction surgery, diagnostic histopathology and oncology, thus thoroughly covering the complete diagnostics, surgical reconstruction and oncological care of all types of breast cancer. The program for educating women in performing breast self-examination in order to prevent breast cancer is specifically designed and developed by "Acibadem Sistina" Clinical Hospital, in collaboration with non-governmental organizations.
Thyroidectomy - thyroid gland surgery
In cooperation with the Department of Nuclear Medicine, the Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, treats all thyroid gland diseases surgically. These surgical interventions, compared to the classical surgical procedures, are minimally invasive and video-assisted. This approach is particularly important since the period of rehabilitation is shortened, the post-operative pain is reduced and better aesthetic results are achieved.
The Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery actively participates in mobile hospital events organized by "Acibadem Sistina", travelling to various towns in the country with the aim to raise awareness and to promote early diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.