In the past, the very idea of open-heart surgery conjured up draconian images: sternums cracked open, hearts stopped momentarily, grotesque scarring, and long, arduous recoveries. However, thanks to pioneering doctors like Darien Bradford, what was once a grueling ordeal is far less invasive, with easier, less painful recovery, fewer instances of complications, and excellent success rates.
Board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Bradford is a cardiothoracic surgeon trained to diagnose and treat diseases of the chest, esophagus, diaphragm, heart, lungs and trachea. As one of only a handful of cardiothoracic surgeons offering less-invasive alternatives to traditional open-heart and open-chest surgery in Tarrant County, Dr. Bradford performs procedures as delicate as coronary artery bypass grafting, valve replacement and repair, and lung surgery through incisions as small as three inches. For his patients, this means, less scarring, less risk of infection, less pain, and recovery in a fraction of the time.
After these far less-invasive surgeries, patients return to their normal life, in as little as two weeks. “Because each patient is unique, I work closely with my patients and their physicians to tailor a treatment program designed specifically for them,” Dr. Bradford said. “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.”
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. Continually on the forefront of his profession, Dr. Bradford is also utilizing a new mechanical heart valve which requires less anticoagulation. Additionally, Dr. Bradford has 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.
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. For almost two decades, he has perfected his skills in our area where he has privileges at several local hospitals. He has lead 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 is currently accepting new patients.
515 West Mayfield Street, Suite 404
Arlington, Texas 76014
By Meredith Knight
Photography by Living Magazine