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Massachusetts General Hospital's Division of Thoracic Surgery employs minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat a wide range of chest disorders.
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 options, including video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic surgery. We offer a comprehensive approach to treating the diseases of the lungs, thymus (mediastinum) and esophagus, building upon a legacy of excellence in traditional surgery. Additionally, we employ the latest endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures for diseases of the airways and esophagus.
The Lung Cancer program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Thoracic Surgery employs a variety of surgical approaches. The department has board-certified thoracic surgeons and they often work with physicians from other medical specialties to treat lung conditions.
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.
Esophageal cancer is cancer that develops in the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that is caused by gastric acid flowing from the stomach into the esophagus.
A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach pushes up into the chest through a small opening in the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the stomach from the chest.
Lung cancer is cancer that usually starts in the lining of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs), but can also begin in other areas of the respiratory system, including the trachea, bronchioles, or alveoli.
Pneumothorax is a lung disorder in babies in which air in the lungs leaks out through holes in the lung tissue into the spaces outside the lung airways.
Learn more about general anesthesia in this educational video.
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