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Thoracic and Foregut Surgery

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Surgeons in the Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery deliver quality care to people
with diseases and conditions affecting the:

  • Trachea
  • Lungs
  • Esophagus
  • Chest wall
  • Mediastinum
  • Less pain

Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Our multidisciplinary team uses minimally invasive approaches to diagnose and treat a full range of thoracic diseases and disorders.

Minimally invasive thoracic surgery and treatments allow the surgeon to obtain limited access to the target area and surrounding tissue during the procedure.

These treatments benefit patients by typically:

  • Shortening length of hospital stay
  • Reducing the risk of post-surgical infection
  • Reducing recovery time
  • Eliminating the need for more complex surgeries

Thoracic Conditions We Treat

Condition Overview
Lung Cancer The second most common cancer in men and women, lung cancer forms in the lung tissues, typically in the cells that line the air passages. The two primary types of lung cancer are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. See lung cancer treatment options at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.
Esophageal Cancer A disease in which cancerous (malignant) cells form in the tissue of the esophagus. See esophageal cancer treatment options at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.
Benign Esophageal Diseases Noncancerous diseases and disorders such as severe heartburn (GERD), achalasia, Barrett’s esophagus, and others.
Hyperhidrosis A condition in which a person sweats beyond his or her physiological needs. Experts divide hyperhidrosis into two categories: primary and secondary.
Pectus Excavatum Meaning “hollowed chest,” this condition is the most common congenital deformity of the front (anterior) wall of the chest.
Emphysema This long-term and progressive lung disease causes shortness of breath and destroys the tissues that support the shape and function of the lungs.
Thymic Neoplasms and Myasthenia Gravis A thymic neoplasm can be a thymoma (a tumor of the thymus gland), or thymic carcinoma (a rare type of thymus gland cancer). Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder in which the muscles of the head and face easily become weak and fatigued.
Mesothelioma  A rare cancer of the chest and abdomen. Our medical team works in tandem with referring physicians to optimize treatment. See mesothelioma treatment options at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

Contact Us

Contact the UPMC Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute with questions or for more information.

Thoracic and Foregut Surgery Division: 412-647-7555