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General Thoracic Surgery Questions

What is thoracic surgery?

Thoracic surgery is the surgical treatment of diseased or injured organs in the chest (thorax), including the esophagus, trachea, pleura (the membranes that cover and protect the lung), mediastinum (the area separating the left and right lungs), chest wall, diaphragm, heart and lungs. Patients with diseases or conditions such as lung cancer, chest trauma, esophageal cancer, emphysema and lung transplantation may require thoracic surgery.

What is a thoracic surgeon?

A thoracic surgeon is a medical doctor who performs operations on the heart, lungs, esophagus and other organs within the chest. Our practice has two dedicated board-certified general thoracic surgeons, which means they have completed five years of residency training in general surgery as well as undergone additional training in thoracic surgery and cancer research.

Our surgeons only practice general thoracic surgery; they do not perform any type of cardiac or vascular surgery. Instead, our thoracic surgeons specialize solely in diseases of the lung, esophagus and mediastinum, thus providing the best quality of care to patients with these diseases. It also makes for a stronger working relationship with colleagues in other specialties.

When should I see a thoracic surgeon?

Your primary care physician or specialist may refer you to a thoracic surgeon if he/she feels you could benefit from a surgical procedure to treat a condition involving the heart, lungs, esophagus, mediastinum or chest wall. We also see self-referrals. If you think you should see a thoracic surgeon, call us at 954-265-1125 to schedule an appointment.