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Dr. Javier Lafuente MD

Cardiac Surgeons in Houston, TX

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Dr. Javier Lafuente specializes in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, general surgery in Houston, Texas.

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Board Certification, Specialty and Expertise

Dr. Javier Lafuente identified specializing in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular SurgeryVascular Surgery
A surgeon with expertise in the management of surgical disorders of the blood vessels, excluding the intercranial vessels or the heart.
, Thoracic SurgeryThoracic Surgery
A thoracic surgeon provides the operative, perioperative care, and critical care of patients with pathologic conditions within the chest. Included is the surgical care of coronary artery disease, cancers of the lung, esophagus and chest wall, abnormalities of the trachea, abnormalities of the great vessels and heart valves, congenital anomalies, tumors of the mediastinum, and diseases of the diaphragm. The management of the airway and injuries of the chest is within the scope of the specialty. Thoracic surgeons have the knowledge, experience and technical skills to accurately diagnose, operate upon safely, and effectively manage patients with thoracic diseases of the chest. This requires substantial knowledge of cardiorespiratory physiology and oncology, as well as capability in the use of heart assist devices, management of abnormal heart rhythms and drainage of the chest cavity, respiratory support systems, endoscopy, and invasive and noninvasive diagnostic techniques. No Sub-Specialty.
and General SurgeryGeneral Surgery
A surgeon manages a broad spectrum of surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body. The surgeon established the diagnosis and provides the preoperative, operative, and postoperative care to surgical patients and is usually responsible for the comprehensive management of the trauma victim and the critically ill surgical patient. The surgeon uses a variety of diagnostic techniques, including endoscopy, for observing internal structures, and may use specialized instruments during operative procedures. A general surgeon is expected to be familiar with the salient features of other surgical specialties in order to recognize problems in those areas and to know when to refer a patient to another specialist.
. He obtained board certification from The American Board of Surgery for General Surgery.

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Hospital Affiliations

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Dr. Lafuente is affiliated with 4 hospitals:

Methodist West Houston Hospital
18500 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77094

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Dr. Javier Lafuente has been confirmed to have a license in Texas


Dr. Lafuente attended medical school at Universidad de Costa Rica Facultad de Medicina and graduated in 1981 having 33 years experience.

Additional residency training in General Surgery was conducted at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Advanced training program of a fellowship in Thoracic Surgery was conducted at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

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