In this hour-long session, the patient and family meets with the surgeon and the clinical nurse coordinator to discuss their case in detail. During this session, the doctor performs a physical evaluation of the patient and takes a health history. He reviews any tests that the patient has already undergone. Based on his findings, he recommends surgery in appropriate cases. The impact of the surgery on the patient’s family is discussed. In cases where surgery may not be an option, the patient and the doctor discuss other alternatives available.
John Elefteriades, MD, Director of the Yale Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease, conducts a typical patient interview.