When you should see a cardiothoracic surgeon

Monday, February 17, 2020

By: Femi Cole

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Dr. Alexander Roitstein with Aurora BayCare Cardiothoracic Surgery

Sometimes, heart ailments need more than medication or a lifestyle change. Sometimes conditions require a catheterization, and sometimes surgery might be the best or only option. If that’s the case, a patient will require the expertise of a cardiothoracic surgeon.


These medical experts specialize in surgical procedures of the heart, esophagus, lungs and other organs in the chest. They perform procedures including, but not limited to:

  • Valve repair surgery
  • Heart valve replacement, including after congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Arrhythmia surgery
  • Beating heart surgery

Some cardiothoracic surgeons undergo sub-specialization to be able to provide surgical care to treat infants and children with heart diseases that have been present from birth.


When a patient is referred to a cardiothoracic surgeon, it means he or she will receive another level of specialized or sub-specialized care from a highly-trained medical expert. Heart patients can expect their cardiothoracic surgeon to work closely with their primary care physician and cardiologist to ensure the best care possible.


Dr. Alexander Roitstein sees patients in Green Bay. To request an appointment, call 920-288-8300 or do so online.

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