Cardiothoracic Surgery Centre

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Centre at Mediclinic City Hospital offers a full range of adult and paediatric cardiac and thoracic surgeries with emphasis placed on the evaluation and management of patients with ischemic heart disease, valvular disorders, congenital heart defects, aortic aneurysms and other thoracic and mediastinal pathologies including thoracic oncology.

The state of the art equipment in our custom-built heart centre, combined with an expert team of cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists makes us one of the most respected units of its kind in the region. The professionalism and experience of the support staff including cardiac anaesthetists, intensivists, nurses, technicians and the rehabilitation team is equally impressive.

Heart disease is common in the Gulf, the result of a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, high incidence of smoking and diabetes and hot weather. The average age for patients presenting with coronary artery disease in the West is 65-70 whereas in this region it is around 45-50. Within this environment, it is crucial to provide education to help reduce the incidence of heart disease, whilst also offering international standards of healthcare to cardiothoracic patients who require it.  Our “Heart Team” is here to help.

Cardiothoracic surgery applies the latest scientific research and surgical techniques, whilst maintaining a highly diligent and meticulous approach to diagnosis and treatment. We insist that each patient receives highly personalised attention from their surgeon, and that the referring physicians stay involved, from the initial consultation right through to the patient's discharge and eventual follow-up visits.

Our team regularly updates its knowledge and skills by attending international and local conferences and workshops.

Mediclinic City Hospital has set a benchmark in cardiac care in the Gulf region and our results are comparable with the best centres in the world. Where once patients were inclined to travel abroad for heart surgery, increasingly they find the expertise required right here on their doorstep.

Endoscopic vascular harvesting

Mediclinic City Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the UAE which undertakes endoscopic vascular harvesting (EVP), a procedure which has revolutionised the post-operative recovery time for patients who undergo coronary artery bypass surgery.

EVP involves the removal of veins from the arm or leg to be used in heart bypass surgery through a very small (approx. 2.5cm) incision, compared to an incision which was once the longest in bypass surgery.  This means that patients can expect the same quality of veins to be used in their bypass surgery but with a better cosmetic result, reduced levels of post-operative pain and infection, reduced length of hospital stay, less risk to obese or diabetic patients and less time until they are back on their feet.

Synthes matrix rib fixation

Mediclinic City Hospital’s cardio-thoracic unit has  ecently introduced the latest Synthes matrix rib fixation for multiple rib fractures, a procedure which  has revolutionised the earlier conservative way of treating fractured ribs. Synthes matrix rib fixation offers rib fixation surgery with the following advantages: Decreased pain, Reduced incidence of lung complications because patient can tolerate more chest physiotherapy due to decreased pain, Less time on ventilator for flail chest, Early mobilisation, Earlier discharge from hospital.

Synthes matrix rib fixation is conducted at Mediclinic City Hospital by our highly experienced cardiothoracic surgeons who have worked at Mediclinic Middle East for over 10 years.

Other services include:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting including total arterial revascularisation, beating heart surgery and endoscopic vessel harvesting
  • Heart valve repairs and replacement
  • Repair of congenital heart defects in children and adults 
  • Complex aortic aneurysms requiring replacement of the ascending aorta and aortic valve and re-implantation of the coronary arteries
  • Surgery for cardiac tumours
  • Surgery for disease of the pericardium - pericardiectomy, drainage, pericardial window, excision of pericardial cysts and tumours
  • Lung surgery – video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), bronchoscopy, lobectomy, pneumonectomy, tumours, lung abscess, and lung biopsy
  • Surgery for pleural disease - decortication, biopsy
  • Surgery for mediastinal disease - mediastinoscopy, excision of mediastinal tumours, thymectomy, retrosternal goitre
  • Minimally-invasive sympathectomy
  • Chest wall reconstruction surgery