Welcome to the STS Blog!

The STS Blog offers a place for patients affected by heart, lung, and esophageal diseases to find the most current information related to cardiothoracic surgery.

The Blog will feature a wide variety of topics and discussions that address the questions most frequently asked by patients when they meet with cardiothoracic surgeons.

New blog entries will be added regularly, offering new topics and updated information.

Blog Articles

Blog Articles

September 18, 2019/By Richard K. Freeman, MD, MBA
Reducing Opioids after Surgery Benefits Patients, Communities
Opioid medications (pills containing a narcotic) traditionally have been prescribed to treat pain after surgery. However, opioid use after surgery is associated with increased risk of opioid dependence. 

August 23, 2019/By Brendon M. Stiles, MD
Should I Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

Underneath the seemingly simple question, “Should I be screened for lung cancer?,” lies a contentious debate.

July 16, 2019/By Kendra J. Grubb, MD, MHA
3D Models Help Cardiac Surgeons Prepare for Surgery

Cardiac surgeons can now use 3D modeling technology to simulate complex operations, making the seemingly impossible possible.

June 18, 2019/By Nestor Villamizar, MD, and Omar Marchant
What Is Recovery from Lung Cancer Surgery Really Like?
Multiple variables influence the way patients recover from lung cancer surgery—some variables relate to the patient; others relate to the surgery itself. 

May 21, 2019/By Tom C. Nguyen, MD, and Alexander P. Nissen, MD
How Does Extra Weight Affect Heart Surgery?

The prevalence of obesity continues to climb nationwide, as does the prevalence of heart disease requiring surgery. 

April 9, 2019/By Lauren C. Kane, MD
Five Questions Parents Ask About Heart Defects

While there are some heart defects that are known to be associated with specific genetic syndromes, this is not always the case. 

March 25, 2019/By Todd K. Rosengart, MD
Six Common Myths about Heart Surgery

Through the years, I’ve had patients come to me with facts, figures, and concerns that they have gathered from the internet or heard from friends and family. 

February 28, 2019/By Amy E. Hackmann, MD
Flu Season: What You Need to Know

Influenza, or “the flu,” is a group of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as high fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, and nasal congestion. 

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