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Thoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic surgeons do more than simply provide care for cardiac patients. Our surgeons provide surgical care and treatment of many other conditions affecting the chest, including diseases of the lungs, chest wall, esophagus and diaphragm.

Thoracic Conditions that are treated by board certified cardiothoracic surgeons W. Randy Carter, Jr., M.D. and Paul M. Moore, M.D., include:

  • Lung Tumors (cancer/non-cancer)
  • Persistent pleural effusions
  • Spontaneous and traumatic pneumothorax
  • Empyema
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Esophageal diverticulum (Zenker’s)
  • Chest wall tumors

Thoracic Procedures at The Medical Center include:

  • Thoracotomy with:
    • Pneumonectomy
    • Lobectomy
    • Wedge resection of lung
    • Segmentectomy of lung
    • Decortication and pleurodesis
    • Chest wall resection
    • Rib resection
  • Thoracoscopy (or VATS) with:
    • Wedge resection of lung
    • Segmentectomy of lung
    • Decortication
    • Talc pleurodesis
    • Biopsy
    • Bleb and bullae resection
  • Mediastinal procedures include:
    • Mediastinoscopy (cervical mediastinal exploration)
    • Chamberlain procedure
  • Other thoracic procedures:
    • Repair of ascending and descending thoracic aortic aneurysms
    • Repair of traumatic injury to the thoracic cavity
    • Esophageal diverticulectomy