Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery refers to surgical procedures that corrects a variety of conditions in the organs of the thoracic cavity, mainly the lungs, wind pipe and chest wall.


A lobectomy is the surgical removal of a diseased lobe of the lung. A lobectomy can be useful in deterring the spread of an infection or a cancerous. Depending on the nature of the disease, lobectomy can be performed by minimally invasive technique (VATS) or by an incision through the side of the chest (thoracotomy). Once the diseased lobe of the lung is removed, the remaining healthy lung tissue expands to fill the space.


A pneumonectomy is a surgical procedure involving the removal of one lung. Pneumonectomy is commonly perfomed for a badly destroyed lung or for tumours.

Tracheal Surgery

Tracheal surgery is performed to address a variety of disorders affecting the wind-pipe. It ranges from procedures as simple as a tracheostomy, to procedures as complex as a laryngotracheal reconstruction. Tracheal surgery may be recommended to treat fistulas, tracheal stenosis, subglottic stenosis or any tumours (cancerous or otherwise) in the trachea.

Resection of thoracic tumors

Thoracic tumours can arise from various organs from the lungs to the chest wall. The tumour is initially assessed by CT or MRI of the chest and subsequently surgical plan is deviced. The resection of thoracic tumours can be achieved by an incision through the side of the chest (thoracotomy) or minimally invasive VATS.

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)

VATS is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat various conditions in the chest cavity. A thoracoscope, a small video-camera, and other surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions on the side of the chest. This avoids large incision (thoracotomy). VATS is commonly used for performing surgeries such as biopsies, decortication and lobectomies.

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