Darien W. Bradford, MD
Darien Bradford is a pioneer. Renowned for his minimally-invasive surgical techniques, he’s spent a decade offering patients a successful alternative to traditional open-heart and open-chest surgery. A leader and innovator in his field, Dr. Bradford has paved the way for others as he helped established minimally-invasive surgery techniques of the chest, heart, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm, and trachea.
In the past, the only way for a surgeon to see and operate on a heart or other internal organ was to open the body. For heart surgery, that meant cracking open the sternum and momentarily stopping the heart, leaving the patient with a lifetime of grotesque scarring, months of painful recovery, and the probability of any number of life-threatening complications.
Innovators like Dr. Bradford reimagined this scenario with shorter recovery time, less risk of infection, negligible scarring, reduced recovery time, less blood, less pain, fewer complications, and far greater success rates. Dr. Bradford helped pioneer robotic surgery in our area as well as introducing a new mechanical heart valve requiring less anticoagulation.
“My goal is to improve each patient’s quality of life through advanced treatment and to do so in a way that minimizes pain, risk, and recovery time for them,” Dr. Bradford said. “Because each patient is unique, I work closely with my patients and their physicians to tailor a treatment program designed specifically for them.”
At his practice on Matlock Road in Mansfield, patients and their families are afforded the time they need to ask questions, never leaving until they’re comfortable with the diagnosis and confident in the specialist who’s spent so much time studying and searching the latest techniques and technologies, to make what could be a life-altering condition a mere bump in the road.
Dr. Bradford uses minimally-invasive Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) to access difficult-to-reach areas of the lung, aiding in the diagnosis of lung disease and leading to earlier, personalized treatment, potentially saving lives. LungGPS technology, used in the Medtronic superDimension navigation system, is a remarkable way to maximize the ENB procedures, a method of obtaining lung tissue biopsies from peripheral regions. In fact, this superDimension navigation system was nominated as “Best Medical Technology” by the Galien Foundation.
Dr. Bradford is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. For almost two decades, he’s perfected his skills in this area where he has privileges at several local hospitals. He has led the way with many life-saving techniques, such as minimally-invasive surgery for coronary artery disease, cancers of the lung, esophagus and chest wall, abnormalities of the great vessels and heart valves, as well as birth defects of the chest and heart.
Dr. Bradford and his wife, Kristin, have five children and live in Mansfield. When not operating, he enjoys traveling, playing golf, and spending time with his family. He’s currently accepting new patients.
252 Matlock Road