Department of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

The heart is an incredible muscular organ and the lifeline of human body. Our mere existence depends on its functioning and how it aids other vital organs in the absorption of nutrients, flushing out wastes, even as it pumps us with oxygen.

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Department Overview

The heart is an incredible muscular organ and the lifeline of human body. Our mere existence depends on its functioning and how it aids other vital organs in the absorption of nutrients, flushing out wastes, even as it pumps us with oxygen.

But do you know that a lot happens between the contractions and relaxations of heart? It plays a pivotal role in the physiology of the human existence.

In these days and times of hectic and unhealthy lifestyle and poor habits, we are putting the heart under tremendous stress, pressure. Cardiovascular diseases among the youth have become quite common, with medical fraternity across the globe voicing its strong concerns over growing instances of untimely deaths.

Unfortunately, cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of deaths across the world, often caused due to stroke and coronary artery disease. And to effectively treat these conditions like coronary artery disease, leaking heart valves, blockages in the heart valve the patients would require the expertise of Cardiothoracic surgeons, Cardiac Anesthetists, Cardiac Intensivists, besides extensively trained paramedical staff including nurses, dieticians, rehabilitationists and more.

Besides issues related to the heart, Cardiothoracic surgeons offer various invasive or surgical procedures involving lungs, mediastinum, thymus etc. based on their specialty.

The Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (CVTS) at Dr Rela Hospital, Chennai offers outstanding care and treatment facilities to various conditions related to heart and lung. Our exceptionally trained doctors deal with complex cardiac cases like advanced heart failure, which would require surgical intervention.

The team of dedicated and compassionate Cardiovascular and Thoracic specialists backed by several years of hands-on experience work-in-tandem with other specialty departments including pulmonary medicine, cardiology, endocrinologists and Intensivists, providing complete heart and lung care.

We at Dr Rela Hospital, Chennai strongly believe that preventive health-checkups, right diagnosis and advanced medical care are the key to avert or treat the worst health conditions.

To know more about our services, treatments and procedures, please read on…

The Department of CVTS at Dr Rela Hospital, Chennai comprises a widely experienced, efficient and dedicated team of professionals, experts in multi-specialties that deal with the physiology and structure of the heart. Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Cardiac Anesthetists, Cardiac Intensivists, well-trained paramedical staff including nurses, rehabilitation specialists, dieticians work relentlessly towards aiding the patients, to gain back their quality of life.

The department houses the best infrastructure facilities and offers a wide range of treatments and procedures to effectively tackle heart and lung related maladies, including highly critical conditions like advanced heart failure, which would require a major surgery and advanced life support systems like ECMO, Ventricular assist devices, IABP, Inhaled Nitric Oxide etc.

We at the Department of CVTS work in close tandem with other departments including cardiology, pulmonary medicine, nephrology, hepatology and others, to manage the patient holistically and, decide upon the preventive and treatment measures.


As a team we have conducted more than 5000 cardiac procedures in last ten years

  • Success rates on par with worldwide benchmarks
  • Our areas of expertise are:
    • Surgery for thoracic aortic diseases including TEVAR
    • Total arterial revascularization CABG
    • Valve preserving surgeries for valvular lesions of the heart
    • Minimally invasive cardiac procedures and thoracic procedures (VATS)
  • First team in state to conduct successful CABGs in post-liver transplant patients
  • First team to organise and conduct Cardiac support group for Comprehensive Cardiac rehabilitation

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Treatments and Procedures

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting is recommended for the patients suffering from severe form of Coronary Artery Disease or Coronary Heart Disease.

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Aortic Valve Replacements/ Repair

Aortic Valve Replacements or Repair is a procedure that treats conditions related to the poor functioning of aortic valve. Aortic valve is one of the four valves in the heart which keeps blood flowing in the right direction by separating the left ventricle (which pumps blood) and the main artery (aorta) which supplies oxygen rich blood to the body.

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Mitral Valve Surgery

Mitral Valve Surgery is a procedure which involves replacing or repairing the diseased mitral valve also known as bicuspid valve or left atrioventricular valve with two flaps located between the left atrium and left ventricle.

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Redo Sternotomy/Redo Cardiac & Thoracic Procedures

If a patient has to undergo the same procedure after few years of the surgery, then it is termed as “Redo” of the same procedure.

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Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS)

MICS or Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery is performed through making several small incisions instead of traditional methods like open surgery. It is done if the patient is diagnosed with diseased or blocked vessels on the left side of heart without a history of CABG or Bypass.

The surgery is done through an incision measuring up to 5 to 7 cm in the intercoastal space with the help of certain specialized tools that would stabilize vessels.

It is widely recommended instead of CABG, Mitral Valve Repair or Replacement, Aortic Valve Replacement, Atrial Septal Defects.

Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)

Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair or TEVAR is a minimally invasive procedure, that would repair the major blood vessel in the body, called aorta. To repair any dysfunction of aorta, the surgeon inserts stent graft through a minimal incision made in the groin region. The metal-mesh device repairs the aorta and keeps it open allowing good flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. It is done if the patient is suffering either from stenosis, aneurysm, transection and dissection.

Aortic Aneurysm Surgery

Valve Sparing or Valve Repairing Surgery

Bentall Procedure

Lung Resection

Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgeries (VATS)


Thoracic Trauma Surgery

Mediastinal Tumours

Atrial Septal and Ventricular Septal Defects Closure

PDA Ligation

Pacemaker Insertion & Battery Change

Maze Procedure

Pulmonary Endarterectomy

If you want to know more about the procedures in detail and seek consultation with our world-class experts, call us: +91 9384681770


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