What is Thoracic Surgery?
Thoracic surgery is a specialized branch of medicine that involves surgical procedures related to the chest area. It primarily focuses on treating conditions and diseases that affect the organs inside the chest, including the lungs, heart, esophagus, and other structures.
Subtypes of thoracic surgery include:
1. Cardiothoracic surgery:
This branch of thoracic surgery is concerned with the surgical treatment of heart and lung diseases, such as heart bypass surgery, valve repair or replacement, and lung cancer surgery.
2. Thoracoscopic surgery:
This minimally invasive surgical technique involves making small incisions in the chest and using a tiny camera to guide the surgeon's instruments. It is used to treat conditions such as collapsed lungs, tumors, and excess fluid in the chest.
3. Robotic-assisted thoracic surgery:
This is a form of minimally invasive surgery that uses robotic technology to assist the surgeon in performing complex thoracic surgeries, such as lung cancer surgery and esophageal surgery.
4. Thoracic oncology:
This branch of thoracic surgery deals with the surgical management of cancerous tumors in the chest, including the lungs, esophagus, and mediastinum (the area between the lungs).
Overall, thoracic surgery plays a crucial role in treating a variety of conditions related to the chest area and improving patients' quality of life.
The surgeons at Medical Arts Surgical Group are able to treat thoracic surgical problems that occur in the chest, including lung cancer and pulmonary nodules. Minimally invasive options are available, minimizing pain and discomfort and improving recovery and patient outcomes.