WESTMED is pleased to offer the services of board certified thoracic surgeons to our patients. Thoracic surgeons are surgeons with specialized training in the treatment of both surgical and non-surgical conditions of the organs and structures within the chest and chest wall. Because of the focused nature of their training, they bring unique skills to our practice, and they work closely with our pulmonary and cardiology physicians, nurses, respiratory and physical therapists, and medical and radiation oncologists to create the most appropriate treatment plan for each individual patient.
Depending on the condition, some thoracic procedures can be performed using minimally-invasive techniques like laparoscopic surgery (surgery using cameras), endoscopy, or bronchoscopy. The thoracic surgeons offer minimally invasive procedures for implanting diaphragmatic pacemakers in patients with spinal cord injury and certain muscular dystrophies, freeing them from dependence upon ventilators for breathing. For patients with other conditions or for those who do not meet the requirements for minimally-invasive surgery, traditional open surgery remains an option.
Whether the problem is with the lungs or another organ or structure located within the chest, the thoracic surgeons are part of a team that will work together with you to develop a treatment plan designed to be optimally effective for a patient’s specific needs. They are trained to treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
- bronchogenic cyst
- carcinoid tumor
- diaphragm paralysis
- esophageal cancer, diverticulum and stricture
- gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- hiatal and paraesophageal hernias
- lung nodules, benign and metastatic
- lung cancer
- mediastinal tumors
- myasthenia gravis
- malignant pleural effusion
- pericardial effusion
- pulmonary sequestration