General Thoracic Surgery

General Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery may be required to treat diseases of the lungs, esophagus, chest wall, and mediastinum. Our team has extensive experience with non-cardiac diseases, and we regularly perform a variety of surgical techniques, including minimally invasive operations.

Thoracoscopy, or Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS), is a minimally invasive (keyhole) surgical procedure that allows the surgeon to directly examine the chest cavity without a big incision. Three or four small incisions will be made on your chest, under your arm or on your back. These incisions are made to allow the surgeon to use the special instruments and also to use a small video camera for viewing the thoracic area. Although it is an alternative to an open chest operation, it is still considered major surgery.A common procedure is the removal of mediastinal tumors, which are masses of abnormal tissue in the midportion of the chest. Three main types of surgery are used in lung cancer treatment. The choice depends on the size and location of the tumor, the extent of the cancer, the general health of the patient, and other factors. An operation to remove only a small part of the lung is called a segmental or wedge resection. When the surgeon removes an entire lobe of the lung, the procedure is a lobectomy. Pneumonectomy is the removal of an entire lung.