What is the difference b/w cardiothoracic surgery and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery?

I just came across the fact that cardiothoracic surgery and thoracic & cardiovascular surgery are offered as separate courses, at least India. Is there any difference??

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  • 9 years ago
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    The answer above is pretty well correct. Cardiothoracic surgeons do surgery on anything within the thoracic cage (i.e., heart and lungs), or you can just be one or the other.

  • 5 years ago

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  • 9 years ago

    If there is a difference, I suspect it has to do with surgery on the lungs rather than only on the heart and great vessels.

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