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What is the VasQ device and how can it help with my dialysis?

Patients who are currently undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney failure, or renal disorders, may be interested to know about a new technology that could greatly improve their dialysis access. Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) in Austin is currently participating in a clinical trial for the VasQ device (from Laminate Medical Technologies). Dialysis treatment helps patients [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|News|

Minimally Invasive Lung Cancer Surgery Now Available in Hays County

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer for both men and women and one of the most lethal. While lung cancer cases are declining as a result of decreasing tobacco smoking rates, the American Cancer Association expects in 2020 to see 200,000 new cases to be diagnosed and 135,000 deaths due to lung cancer [...]

By |March 13th, 2020|News|

The Latest on Lung Cancer

 There’s great news from the frontlines on the battle against lung cancer. According to experts from the American Cancer Society, cancer death rates in the United States dropped sharply from 2016 to 2017 by approximately 2.2%--this is the biggest single-year drop ever recorded. The decrease in cancer-related deaths is thought largely to be attributed to [...]

By |March 9th, 2020|News|

Dr. Foteh and Dr. Kessler’s Quick Thinking and Innovative Treatment Saves Bastrop Man

Bastrop resident Fulton Smith says he’s lucky to be alive.  He credits Dr. David Kessler and Dr. Mazin Foteh for their quick thinking, innovative treatments and for respecting his religious beliefs to not have a blood transfusion during his emergency procedures. Fulton initially suffered a cardiac arrest and it was later discovered that the culprit [...]

By |March 4th, 2020|News|

Spotlight on Alan Wong

Alan Wong is CTVS’ longest-standing employee and has been with us since 1966. We like to say he’s 77-years young, not old! Alan works as a surgical technician assisting our board-certified cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons with complex procedures. He not only understands the delicate and serious nature of heart issues from the medical side, but [...]

By |February 18th, 2020|News|

We Heart American Heart Month

February is our favorite month of the year here at Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) in Austin.  We love to show appreciation for our family, friends and patients in honor of American Heart Month. American Heart Month is a nationally designated event each February to bring awareness to and share the power of prevention in [...]

By |February 6th, 2020|News|

What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

With the start of the new year, everyone is hitting the gym to make good on resolutions to get fit.  HIIT-specific workout centers especially are packed right now. HIIT—or high-intensity interval training—combines quick bursts of activity with short rest periods to maximize calorie burn.  It’s an effective workout for many, but it’s not without risk [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|News|

CTVS Physicians Earn Texas Monthly Super Doctors Recognition

We are continuing to enjoy important accolades from the medical community with several of our Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) physicians earning recognition in Texas Monthly as a 2019 Super Doctor® or Super Doctor® Rising Star. Texas Monthly Super Doctors are selected each year by MSP Communications from across the state via a rigorous multi-step process in [...]

By |January 16th, 2020|News|

Austin Monthly Names Its Top Doctors

At Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS), our physicians strive to perform at the top of their game -- providing heartfelt patient care and unparalleled medical expertise-- each and every day. So it is especially rewarding when we are recognized for actually being “Top Doctors” in our local community.  Austin Monthly recently named their Top Doctors [...]

By |January 10th, 2020|News|