Thoracic surgery relates to operations on organs in the chest, including the heart, lungs and esophagus.
At Kingsbridge Private Hospital, our Consultant Thoracic Surgeons are the best in their field. In the luxury surroundings of a 5-star private hospital, our team of experienced healthcare professionals offer consultations, tests, treatment and surgery for a range of thoracic conditions, including pectus deformities.
What does a thoracic surgeon operate on?
A Thoracic Surgeon practices in the surgical treatment of diseases affecting organs inside the chest (the thorax). Thoracic surgeons perform surgery for conditions affecting the lungs, chest wall and diaphragm.
Why would you have thoracic surgery?
Thoracic surgery involves surgery for both benign diseases, such chest wall deformities, infections of the chest or lungs, as well as removal of tumours or cancers of the chest.
What procedures do thoracic surgeons perform?
- Thoracotomy lung biopsy
- Thoracotomy lung resections and pneumonectomy
- Thoracotomy decortication
- Spinal exposure for orthopaedic and neurologic procedures
- Chest wall resection and reconstruction, including pectus repair
- Mediastinal surgery
- Mediastinoscopy and biopsy
Oesophageal surgery is performed for conditions of the oesophagus. Oesophagus is an organ in vertebrates which consists of a muscular tube through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach. During swallowing food passes from the mouth through the pharynx into the oesophagus and travels to the stomach.
The oesophagus passes through the thorax and enters abdomen through a hole in the diaphragm. It is usually about 25–30 cm long and connects the mouth to the stomach.
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