Treatments

Our surgical team performs many procedures to treat various thoracic conditions. These treatments include:

Lung Cancer Surgery

Lung surgery is sometimes referred to as thoracotomy. During lung cancer surgery, the surgeon assesses the lungs through a large incision in the chest (traditional surgery) or by creating a small incision and inserting a thin tube equipped with a camera and tools (minimally invasive surgery). Lung surgery may involve removing diseased lung tissue, a large piece (lobe) of the lung or an entire lung.

Lung Metastases Surgery

Lung or pulmonary metastases are cancerous tumors that began in another part of the body and have spread to the lungs. Once the original tumor has been treated or removed, the lung metastases may also be taken out.

Pulmonary Nodule Surgery

Pulmonary nodules are small growths inside the lungs. About an inch wide or smaller, these nodules are circular or oval. They are also sometimes called “spots on the lung.” If a doctor finds that a pulmonary nodule is cancerous or is concerned that it might be, it may need to be removed. The doctor may remove the diseased parts of the lung by opening the chest (traditional surgery). He or she may also create a small incision, insert a thin tube equipped with tools and a camera, and perform video-assisted procedures.

Esophageal Cancer Resection

The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. When cancer is found in the esophagus, surgery is sometimes required to remove the cancer and stop it from spreading into other parts of the body. This type of procedure is called esophageal cancer resection. This procedure involves removing all or parts of the esophagus and then reattaching the healthy ends of the esophageal tube.