What is thoracic surgery?

Thoracic surgery is surgery of the lungs, esophagus, thymus and other organs in the chest.

Our comprehensive array of services includes:

  • Treatment of lung cancer
  • Treatment/removal of lung nodules
  • Treatment/removal of cancer of the esophagus
  • Treatment/removal of anterior and posterior mediastinal tumors
  • Treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Treatment of paraesophageal hernias
  • Swallowing disorders such as achalasia
  • Excess sweating, usually of the palms or axilla, called hyperhidrosis
  • Thoracoscopy or VATS
  • Thymectomy
  • Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication
  • Robotic Heller myotomy
  • Thoracoscopic sympathectomy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Removal of portion(s) of the lung containing cancer (i.e. lobectomy, pneumonectomy) – can be performed minimally invasively via VATS, robotics or via thoracotomy as indicated.
  • Removal of a portion of the esophagus containing cancer and reconstruction of the gastrointestinal tract – can be performed minimally invasively or via open approaches as indicated.

What is the difference between a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon?

A thoracic surgeon treats diseases of the lungs, esophagus, chest wall and mediastinum. A cardiovascular surgeon will focus on the heart and great vessels. Congenital heart surgeons operate on infants and children with heart disease. Cardiothoracic surgeon is the most inclusive term used to describe the specialty, irrespective of a particular surgeon’s area of focus and expertise, and can be used interchangeably with the term thoracic surgeon.


IHA Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery