Minimally Invasive Program

The Minimally Invasive Program in Mass General's Division of Thoracic Surgery offers minimally invasive surgery for many thoracic conditions.

  • Phone: 617-726-6826

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:

  • Less blood loss, postoperative pain and scarring
  • An earlier discharge, as many procedures are done on an outpatient basis
  • A quicker recovery and return to normal activities

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.

Division of Thoracic Surgery

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

Lung Procedures

We perform:

  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), in which small needles charged with radiation are inserted into tissue to destroy cancerous cells
  • Video-assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS), in which a tiny, flexible tube fitted with a high-definition fiberoptic lens is inserted into the chest cavity, guiding surgeons through lung biopsies or lobectomies
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), in which a fine needle biopsy of mediastinal nodes or a lung mass is performed for the minimally invasive staging of lung cancer.

Esophageal Procedures

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.

We perform:

  • Stenting, in treating strictures and cancer of the esophagus
  • Laparoscopic procedures in the treatment of paraesophageal hernias and achalasia
  • Laparoscopic procedures in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, including re-operative procedures
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomies for esophageal cancer
  • Transoral approaches to Zenker's diverticulum: Transoral surgery with no incisions

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, please contact the division at 617-726-6826.

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Division of Thoracic Surgery

55 Fruit Street
Blake 1570
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-6826

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