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Thoracic Surgery

Virtua thoracic surgeons care for
patients who have conditions that may require surgery or other interventions in the chest area. (“Thorax” refers to the chest.) These specialists emphasize approaches to procedures that are minimally invasive, and thus easier to undergo and recover from.   These techniques include video-assisted thoracic surgery and robotic surgery.

Note: Virtua cardiothoracic surgeons treat heart-related conditions in the chest.

The thoracic surgery team has extensive training and experience
in lung and esophageal cancers.

The expertise of Virtua thoracic specialists covers both benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) chest conditions. Some of the areas where they provide diagnosis and care include:

  • cancer. The staff places special emphasis on this area and on providing earlier and better diagnosis of lung cancer and other types of thoracic cancers. This approach allows for more effective collaboration with other specialists —— including radiation oncologists —— to deliver the most appropriate treatment or combination of treatments for each individual.

lung cancer (lung nodule, lung cancer and lung metastasis)

– esophageal cancer

– trachea cancer

– mediastinal tumors and other chest wall tumors

– cancer of the thymus gland

  • other lung conditions

– COPD (lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema)

– mesothelioma

  • other esophageal conditions

– benign esophageal diseases (including achalasia, benign tumors and strictures)

– esophageal reconstruction

– gastroesophageal reflux surgeries (including for Barrett’s esophagus)

– diaphragmatic hernia

– hiatal hernia

– paraesophageal hernia

  • pleural diseases (including pneumothorax, infections and pleural effusions)
  • airway surgery

– tracheal resection

– tracheal stenosis (stent insertion for airway narrowing)

  • trauma (chest reconstruction after major trauma or surgery)

The team also takes advantage of laser surgery, as well as laparoscopic and thorascopic surgery, which can help to patients avoid open chest surgery.

Learn more about thoracic and cardiothoracic surgery at Virtua.

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