Thoracic Surgery :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Featured Physician: Dr. Mark Galantowicz

Dr. Mark Galantowicz is the Co-Director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's, Chief of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health.

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Thoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Program: Treating Non-cardiac Thoracic Disease

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Program is dedicated to the treatment of all patients, from children to adults, with congenital and acquired heart defects ranging from the most straightforward to the extremely complex. With extensive clinical, diagnostic and surgical capabilities, our program is equipped and staffed to address all aspects of heart failure and transplant care, including heart, heart-lung and lung transplant services. Our nationally-ranked program, which performs over 500 procedures a year, continues to pioneer novel treatment strategies, including hybrid procedures, blood conservation, mechanical assist devices and use of minimally-invasive techniques to improve long-term quality of life.

Successful diagnosis and treatment is accomplished by a multidisciplinary team of specialists from Hematology/Oncology & BMT, Pulmonary Medicine, Physical Therapy, Plastic Surgery and Cardiothoracic specialists, who tailor the treatment to each individual patient. We have developed a program that brings together a wide range of expertise to ensure the best outcomes for our patients, while making the experience as easy as possible for patients and their families.

In addition to the premier team of experts, Nationwide Children's continues to be a pioneer in the development of new treatment strategies including hybrid procedures and is one of the only pediatric hospitals in the nation to use 3-D vision technology for minimally invasive procedures. The cardiothoracic team has access to the new 3-Di Vision Systems, by Viking Systems, Inc. The 3-D equipment uses hi-tech cameras of either 5 mm or 10 mm with 0°, 30° and 70º. This system gives the advantages of any robotic system with the benefits of allowing the surgeon to be at the surgical field using 3 or 5 mm instruments, which offers access to smaller spaces in the thoracic cavity than was ever available before. The use of 3-D imaging provides improved clarity to perform the most delicate maneuvers within the thoracic cavity.

Our driving goal is to continuously improve the quality and quantity of life for our patients. By developing less invasive approaches, the impact of surgery will be far less and will allow patients to recover quicker and have better long-term outcomes. This less invasive approach is also the cornerstone of the Blood Conservation Program. By exposing our patients to less blood products, we reduce the impact of cardiopulmonary bypass.

McKenna's Story

After being diagnosed with left pleural pulmonary blastoma, the comprehensive team at Nationwide childrens was able to treat McKenna with chemotherapy and surgical removal of the tumor.

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This provided a successful recovery for McKenna, who is now 7 years old. Read McKenna's full case review.

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