Open-heart surgery: it’s not a recommendation any patient wants to hear. Just the mention of this previously harrowing procedure evokes images of sternums cracked open, hearts momentarily stopped, chests reminiscent of Frankenstein’s monster, and long, painful recovery periods. But thanks to pioneering doctors like Darien Bradford, what was once an arduous ordeal is far less invasive, with easier, less painful recovery, fewer instances of complications, and excellent success rates.
As one of only a handful of cardiothoracic surgeons offering this viable alternative to traditional open-heart and open-chest surgery in Tarrant County, Dr. Bradford is able to perform procedures as delicate as coronary artery bypass grafting, valve replacement and repair, and lung surgery through incisions as small as three inches. From there he works his way through the ribs with a thoracoscope (camera) gently inserted through one incision and surgical instruments lowered through another. The camera helps guide him, via images projected on a monitor.
After these far less-invasive surgeries, patients are able to return to normal life, in as little as two weeks. “No two patients are exactly the same, nor is their condition exactly the same as someone else’s,” Dr. Bradford said. “With that in mind, I work closely with my patients and their physicians to tailor a treatment program designed specifically for each individual patient. My goal with each of my patients is to offer advanced treatment and to do so in a way that minimizes pain, risks, and recovery time for them; to improve each patient’s quality of life.” Continually on the forefront of his profession, Dr. Bradford is also pioneering a new mechanical heart valve which requires less anticoagulation.
A graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Bradford completed his internship and residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is dual board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. For more than a decade, he has perfected his skills right here in our area where he has privileges at several local hospitals. During that time he’s continued his education and has lead the way with many life-saving techniques, such as in minimally-invasive surgery for coronary artery disease, cancers of the lung, esophagus and chest wall, abnormalities of the great vessels and heart valves, birth defects of the chest and heart, tumors in the organs contained in the chest cavity and transplantation of the heart and lungs.
Minimally-invasive surgery of the chest, heart, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm, and trachea is just one way Dr. Bradford is pioneering medicine advancements in Tarrant County. Another is through a patient-centric office, where patients and their families are afforded the time they need to ask any and all questions and never leave until they feel comfortable with the diagnosis and confident in a specialist who has spent so much of his own time studying and searching for the latest and best techniques and technologies, to make what could be a life-altering condition a mere bump in the road for them. Dr. Bradford is currently accepting new patients.
Dr. Darien Bradford is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in:
- Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
- Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
- Endoscopic Vein Harvesting
- Redo Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
- Ventricular Restoration for Congestive Heart Failure
- Surgery of the Aged Population
- Surgery for Atrial Fibrillation
- Valve Replacements and Repair
- Minimally Invasive Thoracic Procedures
- Lung and Esophageal Cancer
Darien W. Bradford, MD
515 West Mayfield Street, Suite 404
Arlington, Texas 76014
Text: Meredith Knight