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Thoracic Surgery

Minimally Invasive & Robotic-Assisted Lung Surgeries

RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group has experienced surgeons and immaculate facilities to provide the care patients need, including patients who need thoracic surgery. This type of surgery is performed by skilled surgeons who excel at highly complex lung operations, most taken with a minimally invasive and/or robotic-assisted approach to reduce the risk of complications. Some complications can be avoided with this less invasive approach that limits blood loss, infection rates, and other risks, so you can heal more quickly. These complex procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art surgical suited and may utilize sophisticated computer-assisted robotic technology.

What Is Thoracic Surgery?

A type of chest surgery, thoracic surgery involves the chest’s organs, extending to the esophagus, trachea, and chest wall. Our surgeons work and collaborate with other departments, including doctors who practice gastroenterology, oncology, pulmonology, and other medical specialties. This ensures you have the best care with the comprehensive guidance of medical professionals who have the skill and expertise to perform highly complex, complicated operations with finesse and personalized care.

Thoracic surgeons at RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group work in many specialties as part of your integrated care team.

The team includes:

  • Pathologists stage and grade any malignancies
  • General surgeons with overarching specialties of the bodily systems
  • Pulmonologists specialize in the lungs and cardiovascular system
  • Gastroenterologists treat the gastrointestinal tract
  • Thoracic surgeons to remove tumors of the lungs and chest wall, such as those found in patients with lung, tracheal, esophageal, or mesothelioma

What Are the Types of Thoracic Surgeries?

RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group chest surgeons are deeply experiencing in treating thoracic diseases and conditions that affect the quality of life. Our team of doctors is trained in multiple areas of human health as it pertains to the chest and chest wall. These surgeons are experts in several conditions, from cancers like small cell lung cancer, COPD, cystic fibrosis, hiatal hernias, lung masses, and many others.

Some of the procedures thoracic surgeons do, most of them minimally invasive or robot-assisted,when possible, include:

  • Airway reconstruction
  • Bleb resection
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Carinal resection
  • Chest wall resection and reconstruction
  • Decortication
  • Endoscopic thoracic procedures
  • Esophageal diverticulectomy
  • Heart transplant
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Lung lobectomy
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Lung transplants
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum surgery
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Thoracotomy
  • Tracheal resection
  • Tracheal stenting
  • And more

To arrange an appointment with one of our skilled thoracic surgeons at RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group, visit the Physician Locator site to find a provider. You can either make an appointment online or call the office directly. Visit healthconnect.rwjbh.org/hcweb today.