An insider’s guide to getting into cardiac surgeries article An inside look at the heart surgery industry.
The surgeon who is supposed to be the face of cardiac surgery will be replaced by a new face.
But the new face won’t be a heart surgeon.
This is because the profession is being rebranded, a move that is likely to raise the profile of a whole new generation of surgeons.
“I am the only cardiac surgeon in the world who has the experience and knowledge of being a cardiac surgeon and also being able to relate to the heart, and I have done it successfully,” Dr Stephen Smith says.
Dr Stephen is the co-founder of Avant-Garde, a cardiac surgery company that he and his partners started in 2011.
They have an extensive experience in the field, having spent four years in surgery.
The company is the brainchild of Dr Stephen’s former boss, Dr Steve Stiles. “
It is the most successful heart surgery business in the country,” he says.
The company is the brainchild of Dr Stephen’s former boss, Dr Steve Stiles.
“When Stephen became CEO, we started doing research into the cardiac surgery industry and we were shocked to discover the number of surgeons and cardiac surgeons that are not trained, have not completed their degree, and are not very well trained,” Dr Stiles says.
He says there are currently around 60 cardiac surgeons in Australia, but only 20 of them have completed their training.
“There are around 200 heart surgeons in this country, and of those, less than 10 per cent are cardiac surgeons,” he adds.
Dr Stairs first began teaching in 2006, and in 2015 he founded Avant Garde.
He has worked with many cardiac surgeons, but he says this is the first time he has worked directly with an Avant graduate.
“In my 20 years as a cardiac surgical resident, I have seen so many changes in the way cardiac surgery is practised,” Dr Steven says.
“A lot of the changes are because of people like me, the people that are very good in the business, but don’t have the training or experience to do this.”
What happens when the new generation arrives?
Dr Stephen and Dr Stilts are hopeful that the new wave of graduates will help revive the heart surgeon profession.
“They have been working with us for so many years, and the changes in training that they have experienced, I think will help them in the future,” Dr Smith says of the graduates.
“The younger generation of cardiac surgical graduates, they will be able to help with training and to be part of the future of cardiac services in this nation.”
How much do surgeons charge?
There are two ways to go about getting into a cardiac hospital.
The first is to pay for the procedure itself, and pay out of pocket.
The other is to get a cardiogram.
Cardiac surgeons use sophisticated machines to measure blood flow, and then a machine to remove the heart.
The average cost of a cardiopulmonary bypass is $1,000 to $2,000, depending on the size of the surgery and the age of the patient.
The procedure itself can cost between $40,000 and $100,000.
The cost of the cardiopullar bypass surgery is currently about $600,000 in Australia.
What happens after surgery?
Once the heart has been removed, it is typically carried out in a specialised, refrigerated room called the cardiac ward.
“Cardiac wards are really big, and it takes about 10 minutes to put in a heart in here,” Dr Stevens says.
This allows the surgeon to perform the procedure in the operating room without any downtime.
It is then transferred to the ICU, where it is usually used to treat a heart attack.
The surgery itself can take up to three hours, and can last up to five days.
“If you go in for the operation, you need to have a chest x-ray and some blood work,” Dr Scott says.
There is a long list of complications that occur, including: chest pain