Thoracic diseases and conditions are explained below. Our thoracic surgeons perform operations on diseases and conditions related to the esophagus, heart, lungs, and other organs of the chest. Often these diseases are specifically related to cancer. Our surgeons use state of the art technologies such as robotics and advanced procedures to perform minimally invasive surgery on patients.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which tumors form in the lining of the chest (pleural mesothelioma) or the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma). Rarely, it can affect the outside covering of the heart (pericardial mesothelioma).
The Baylor Scott & White Center for Thoracic Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center leads the field in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Using small incisions and less traumatic techniques, patient recovery is greatly improved.
Some of the benefits of minimally invasive thoracic surgery include:
Treatments of diaphragm conditions include:
The esophagus is the muscular tube of swallowing that connects the throat to the stomach. It passes through the neck and chest until it meets the stomach in the abdomen.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition of excessive sweating in the hands (palmar hyperhidrosis), armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis) or feet (plantar hyperhidrosis).
The mediastinum is an anatomic description of the central portion of the chest. Mediastinal surgery represents any procedure performed within this area. The mediastinum is surrounded by the breastbone in front,
Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is a procedure performed to remove abnormal lung tissue in patients with significant shortness of breath due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
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