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Thoracic (Chest) Surgery

chest surgeryGeneral Thoracic Surgery & Thoracic Oncology
General thoracic surgery includes surgical therapy for a wide variety of both malignant and benign diseases of the chest. Most thoracic surgical procedures can be done using minimally invasive or incisionless (endoscopic) procedures. Some procedures are done with standard open surgical techniques and others require extremely complex surgical techniques that are only done by general thoracic surgeons. We offer all aspects of surgical care for patients with diseases of the lungs, trachea, esophagus and mediastinum.

Some of the conditions we treat include:
- Lung cancer
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Cancer of the esophagus
- Hiatal hernias
- Swallowing disorders such as achalasia
- Excess sweating, usually of the upper extremity called hyperhydrosis

Some of the procedures we perform inlcude:
- Removal of portion(s) of the lung containing cancer, eg, lobectomy, pneumonectomy
- Thoracoscopy or VATS
- Removal of a portion of the esophagus containing cancer and reconstruction of the gastrointestinal tract or esophagogastrectomy
- Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication
- Laparoscopic Heller myotomy
- Thoracoscopic sympathectomy
- Bronchoscopy and/or esophagoscopy


Minimally-Invasive Thoracic Surgery (also called VATS or Thoracoscopic Surgery)

Most patients with lung cancer undergoing operation can be offered minimally invasive surgery to remove the cancer. VATS uses small incisions and avoids spreading or dividing the ribs by utilizing a video scope to guide the surgeon. Because the surgeon works between the ribs with a camera, patients can recover more quickly with less pain and patients are also less likely to have complications from surgery. Patients who need chemotherapy after surgery are more likely to complete all of their chemotherapy and improve the chances of being cured.

"Fabulous care from top to bottom. From original surgery through rehab, I received loving and comprehensive care at every stage." -- Bruce, left thoracotomy, esophageal repair




Thoracic Oncology-Multidisciplinary Care

Penrose Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery and the Penrose Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center in Colorado, offer an unprecedented level of experience, technology, expertise and collaboration to the southern Colorado communities we serve. Our multidisciplinary thoracic oncology group includes a thoracic surgeon, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurse navigators and clinical trial coordinators, and meets weekly to tailor individualized treatment strategies. This approach eliminates unnecessary testing and streamlines the steps leading to definitive care.

 

National Cancer Institute

Penrose Cancer Center is one of 30 sites nationwide and the only center in Colorado to be selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to participate in the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) to encourage the collaboration of private-practice medical, and surgical and radiation oncologists. The initiative will bring thousands more Americans into a system of high-quality cancer care, enhancing treatment forunderserved populations, as well as for racial and ethnic groups with unusually high cancer rates.

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