Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery

Division of Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery Provides Advanced Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

The Division of Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio provides advanced medical diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of conditions that affect the lungs and esophagus.

Our highly skilled surgeons are global leaders in traditional and innovative procedures that advance healing and quality of life for patients. Our fellowship-trained surgeons focus on leading-edge research as they continually adapt the latest medical breakthroughs into successful action steps to treat a wide variety of conditions. Our experienced team of surgeons perform nearly 800 operations each year, including advanced minimally invasive procedures.

Successful Minimally Invasive Surgery

Renowned experts at the Division of Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery are dedicated to providing patients with the latest surgical options. At UH, even complex operations can be done using video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) minimally invasive techniques 75 percent of the time. We are also the first in northeast Ohio to utilize Cyberknife® radiosurgery technology for patients whose lungs are too weak to withstand surgery. Minimally invasive procedures done at UH are just as successful as open procedures but have shorter length of hospital stays and a lower complication rate.

Advanced Surgical Procedures

As one of the top programs in the country, we offer a full range of advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures for chest and gastroesophageal conditions, including:

  • Ablative therapies for nonoperative tumors
  • Complex VATS lung resections (lobectomy, segmentectomy, and pneumonectomy)
    • VATS biopsy, bullectomy, sympathectomy
    • VATS pericardial window
    • VATS thymectomy
  • Cyberknife® treatment of inoperable lung tumors
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy
  • Navigation bronchoscopy

Thoracic and Esophageal Cancer Care

The Division of Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery team specializes in, early diagnosis and effective treatment for lung and esophageal cancer.

Working with the renowned team of clinicians at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, our physicians offer patients comprehensive, compassionate care that begins during a patient’s first visit and continues throughout his or her cancer treatment and recovery.

A Multidisciplinary, Patient-Centered Approach to Healing

Our dedicated thoracic and esophageal surgical team uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide patients and their families with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services, all delivered with a focus on the patient. To minimize the need for multiple consultation visits and to optimize care, we offer conveniences such as combined appointments so patients can be seen by all of their specialists in one visit. Additionally, patients with lung and esophageal cancer are followed by a multidisciplinary care team of specialists in radiology, oncology, thoracic surgery, radiation oncology and pulmonary medicine.

Innovative Approach to Care for Elderly and High-Risk Patients

In an effort to maximize patient care, UH offers tailored treatment of lung cancer in the elderly and in patients with emphysema. These treatments minimize complications, shorten hospital stays and speed up recovery.

UH also specializes in high-risk lung surgery with specialized expertise in treating the elderly, patients with severe emphysema, and those deemed too high-risk for traditional surgical methods. We offer both minimally invasive and noninvasive techniques as options for these patients.

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