Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Cardiothoracic Surgeons perform heart and lung surgery.

Overview

Cardiothoracic Surgeons perform heart and lung surgery.

Day-to-day

  • examines patients to determine the necessity of operations, estimates and explains risks to patients, and selects the best operational procedures
  • reviews reports on patients' general physical condition, reactions to medications and medical histories
  • consults with anaesthetists regarding the correct anaesthesia for patients
  • performs surgical operations
  • examines instruments, equipment, and surgical set-up to ensure that antiseptic and aseptic methods have been followed
  • instructs other medical, nursing and associated staff regarding the preparation of patients and instrument and equipment requirements
  • prescribes post-operative care, and observes and investigates patients' progress
  • maintains records of operations performed
  • may specialise in particular types of operations.

Considerations

  • stressful.

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To become a Cardiothoracic Surgeon

  • You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons before you can specialise as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon.

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  • Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.

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