Dr. KOSMAS TSAKIRIDIS MD, PhD
Head of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Department, “St. Lukes” Hospital, Thessaloniki, GR
“St. Lukes”, 55 236 Panorama, Thessaloniki
Tel. +30 2310 380000 | Mob. +30 6932 370942
Office: Tel. +30 2310 390662 (office 8-3 daily), +30 2310 380143 (secretary 8-3 daily)
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I was born in the small city of Drama in 1967, where I completed my undergraduate studies in the field of education (A grade). After this happening in 1990, I attended the Medical School at the University of Thrace, receiving a two-year scholarship at the time from the State Scholarship Foundation and graduating in 1996 (B grade).
Following the completion of my military duties and my rural service in the Northeast of Greece for two years, I took up my specialty training in thoracic surgery (1998) and in 2006 I was awarded the title from the University Hospital of Thrace University. Worthwhile mentioning is my Clinical Fellowship at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, and the participation in many European seminars that took place alongside my postgraduate training.
Since then, I have been working in the private sector. From 2010 I hold the position of the Head of the Cardio-Thoracic Department of “St. Lukes” Hospital where I conduct modern techniques in a variety of cardiac cases (off pump, valve repair etc) and Thoracoscopic technique (VATS) in regard with lung diseases.
I am member both of the Greek and European Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons, and the Greek and European Society of Cardiology and Pulmonology.
In my activities are also included paper writings and publications in in- ternational journals (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pubmed/term=tsakiridis+k.); presentations in many European conferences; organization of confer- ences and symposia; guest speaking engagements held at universities and hospitals.
These subheadings are followed by the obtaining of the first position of the Cup of Cardiothoracic Surgery Knowledge competition in the line of the 5th Meeting of the Thoracic Surgery Working Groups/associate groups to the Greek Society of Thoracic/Heart/Vascular Surgeons.
Also, since 2013 I am member of the editorial committee of the inter- national journal “Journal of Thoracic Disease” and the journal of ‘Annals of Occupational and Pulmonary Medicine’.
The object of Thoracic Surgery relates either to:
a) Cardiac surgery; conducting a wide spectrum of surgical adult heart disease, or
b) Thoracic Surgery; relating to the performance of surgical interventions in intrathoracic organs and mediastinal space. Lungs, heart, esophagus, diaphragm, great vessels and trachea are also included in the wide scope of my surgical interests.
Cardiac surgery heart-beating coronary bypass, valve repair, arrhythmias surgery and Thoracoscopic technique (VATS) in lung diseases.
THORACOSCOPE SURGERY TECHNIQUE IN THE TREATMENT OF LUNG DISEASES
The thoracic surgical technique or VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery) as it is mentioned in the medical terminology, comprises of an ingrained cutting-edge technique, since it was first applied by Jacobaeus in the beginning of the 20th Century in Stockholm, with the ultimate aim of treating tuberculosis, which had at the time plagued the world.
In its current form, of course, few similarities are presented against the old technique and that is due to the fact that the rapid growth of technology has provided with new possibilities upon this technique. Thin in diametre cameras, have been discovered and perfected, which penetrate into the thoracic cavity via small holes, light instruments that mimic the humans forearm movements and new endoscopic tools which cut and simultaneously stich the lung. Moreover, the methodology in accreditation, reproduction and signal transmission, has given the possibility of a three-dimensional illustration on screen.
The thoracoscope surgery technique is the method by which all the chest diseases are operated on remotely, with the assistance of small holes in the chest wall. The surgeon thereby, watches his surgical field on a TV screen via a camera, while performing his surgical manipulations with the endoscopic instruments that are merely the extensions of his forearms.
By this technique, it is feasible to diagnose and treat lung and chest diseases
I. So to direct the diagnosis of certain diseases, we could carry out biopsies as: lung, pleura, lymph nodes and pleural fluid. Also, in both chest injuries and suspicion diaphragm rupture, it is possible to perceive the lesion size avoiding thus, the painful thoracotomy.
II. The thoracoscope surgery is applied for the treatment of diseases such as: pneumothorax, resected lung no-dules, cysts removal, treatment of the hiperhidrosis syndromme, empyema, chronic pericarditis and certainly lung tumours.
Upon addressing the pneumothorax through the VATS technique, the lung and pleurodesi ́s trimatectomi are performed by making just three holes on the thorax wall. As for the advantages of this method are listed as such: the patient experiences minor pain after surgery, spends lesser time in clinic, has a reduced morbitity, speedy recovery and is subjected to a much lower total financial cost, both for the individual himself and his insurance fund, given the fact that certain operations of this kind are performed by being charged hospital fees of a mere day!
It is noteworthy of the out standing cosmetic outcome, since the unsightly thoracotomy is thoroughly avoided. Moreover, the surgery of the lung cancer has gained utter importance, where the part removal (lobe) or even the whole lung, might be carried out by making an exceptionally small incision (5cm) on the thorax.
The anaesthisiologist ́s experience in intubating in a selective manner, either the right or left lung, the proficient technological and scientific skills of the nursing personnel that function the operative room (handling of state-of the art machinery), have ensured a rather satisfactory course to all patients undergone surgeries via this technique.