At Maimonides, our team of board certified and specialty trained cardiac anesthesiologists has deep clinical experience providing anesthesia care for cardiothoracic surgical procedures.
Under the leadership of Steven Konstadt, MD, the Chairman of the Anesthesia Department at Maimonides and an academic leader who has been widely published in the use of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiograpy, our team collaborates with surgeons to assess the proper functioning of the heart valves and cardiac performance before patients leave the operating room. This collaboration supports successful minimally invasive heart surgery and valve repair surgery outcomes, with an easier post-operative experience, quicker healing, and often, the need for fewer post-operative medications.
Our cardiac anesthesiologists are involved with the care of cardiac surgical patients before, during and after their heart operations. They are intimately involved in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, planning and coordinating care for patients with our specialized cardiac surgical intensive care nurses.
To reduce the physical stress on the patient and shorten hospital stays, our surgeons use advanced, less traumatic and less invasive surgical techniques whenever possible. This requires experience and special expertise in the use of intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) by our cardiac anesthesiologists to evaluate the functioning of the different parts of the heart. TEE allows the cardiac anesthesiologist to work in total collaboration with the surgeons in both planning and evaluating the surgery to ensure the best possible care.
The cardiac anesthesiologists at Maimonides work as part of a well coordinated team including surgeons, perfusionists (specialists who run the heart lung machine), and specialized operating room and intensive care nurses to provide the highest quality of medical care during cardiac surgery.