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Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Surgery employs minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat a wide range of conditions.
Using high-definition imaging technology and precision instruments, surgeons work through tiny incisions to perform these procedures. In comparison with traditional (i.e., open) surgery, minimally invasive surgery generally involves:
As one of the world's foremost academic medical centers, Mass General is committed to developing new minimally invasive surgical techniques and integrating them into our care. As a large referral service, we conduct thousands of these operations every year for a wide variety of conditions.
For more than 70 years, patients from around the world have come to our division for surgical care. Our skills and experience across the full spectrum of thoracic surgical procedures have made Mass General a major referral center for complex thoracic problems and complications following other surgical procedures.
We offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating diseases of the lungs and esophagus, building upon a legacy of excellence in traditional surgery with innovative minimally invasive techniques. We strive to investigate and incorporate the latest techniques, including radiofrequency ablation (RFA), and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), in the treatment of lung cancer and endoluminal and laparoscopic procedures for diseases of the esophagus
We work collaboratively with surgeons in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Gastroesophageal Surgery Program, who specialize in complex surgical techniques to treat patients with esophageal cancer and benign esophageal disease.
Thoracic surgeons are supported by a team of anesthesiologists who are dedicated to the care of thoracic patients. After surgery, patients are followed closely to ensure the best long-term care.
To make an appointment or refer a patient, please contact the division at 617-726-6826.
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Division of Thoracic Surgery
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