What does the future hold for cardiothoracic surgery, especially dealing with heart and lung transplants? I'm asking this because I have a passion for this surgical specialty, as well as the possibility of performing heart and lung transplants. I've recently started to volunteer at a thoracic and cardiovascular unit at my local medical center and an interventional cardiologist told me something like,"I don't think we'll have those in a couple of years," or something of that nature. I know that interventional cardiology has been competing with cardiothoracic surgery due to it's largely un-invasive methods, but will the cardiothoracic surgery future be that bleak?
Is this true? For those in the medical field, are there any new innovations in this field or will cardiothoracic surgery become extinct like the interventional cardiologist said?