Our Unique Integrative Medicine Programs
Also referred to as "complementary and alternative medicine," integrative medicine is a group of diverse health systems and practices not currently considered part of conventional medicine.* Adoption of some of these techniques in the practice of heart and chest surgery has been increasing over the past six years. Stony Brook University Medicine's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is pleased to offer integrative medicine in efforts to provide every advantage to our patients.
Stony Brook's team of board-certified anesthesiologists and licensed clinical therapists are committed to patient safety and comfort before, during, and after surgery. Complementary techniques such as guided imagery, therapeutic touch, massage therapy, and acupuncture have proven effective in helping to further enhance a patient's natural healing ability. As part of these treatment methods, the physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of a patient's life are individually assessed to guide the patient through the healing process. Integrative medicine can be used to treat any condition, illness, or injury.
For more information about our integrative medicine program, please call (631) 444-3920/-2010.
*As defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health.