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Thoracic Surgery


Our physicians offer highly advanced procedures, techniques, and therapies for thoracic conditions, which affect the heart, lungs, and chest area. Minimally invasive thoracic surgery (thoracic surgery using smaller incisions) can often be used to treat chest, lung, and heart diseases, including lung cancer. Advanced techniques include video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic surgery.

Minimally invasive thoracic surgery is associated with less bleeding, less need for blood transfusions, and less harm to a patient's immune system, compared to traditional surgery. In addition, patients experience less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery.

New York Methodist Hospital has been named a "Center of Excellence Epicenter for Robotic Thoracic Surgery," the first such center in the Northeast and the third in the United States. The daVinci robotic surgical system, a powerful tool, provides advanced three-dimensional visualization and enhanced dexterity that allows the surgeon to operate through tiny incisions, providing increased surgical precision and, in many cases, a better outcome and a better patient experience.

Conditions Treated

  • Lung Cancer
  • Benign Lung Tumors
  • Emphysema
  • Esophageal Cancer (throat cancer)
  • Benign Esophageal Diseases (including benign tumors and strictures)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD) (heartburn)
  • Mediastinal Tumors and Diseases (including myasthenia gravis)
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural Diseases (including pneumothorax, infections, and pleural effusions)
  • Chest Wall Tumors
  • Hyperhidrosis (excess sweating)
  • Diaphragm Paralysis
  • Airway Narrowing
  • Achalasia (swallowing disorder)

Find a surgeon specializing in thoracic surgery and search by "Institute" and/or "Doctor's specialty."

For more information or to find a surgeon by telephone, call the Division of Thoracic Surgery at 718.780.7700.

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