Thoracic Surgery Treatments and Programs

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The Thoracic Surgery specialists at UW Health offer comprehensive specialty care for patients with all types of diseases of the chest and upper abdomen. We provide a complete range of services, from initial evaluation and management to highly specialized consultation for rare diseases, new surgical approaches, devices, and technologies.


Lung Treatments

  • Robotic, VATS, and open lung resection, including wedge resection, segmentectomy, lobectomy, sleeve resection, and pneumonectomy for lung cancer, lung nodules and other lung diseases
  • Lung transplantation for advanced lung diseases
  • Lung volume reduction surgery for advanced emphysema/COPD
  • VATS and open pleurectomy or mechanical/chemical pleurodesis for recurrent pneumothorax
  • Bronchoscopy (flexible, rigid, navigational, and fluorescence) for diagnosis and treatment of airway and lung diseases
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) for lung cancer staging
  • Video mediastinoscopy for lung cancer staging
  • Photodynamic therapy for lung cancer

Lung Programs


Airway Treatments

  • Percutaneous and open tracheostomy for respiratory failure
  • Tracheal resection for tracheobronchomalacia, tracheal tumors and airway obstruction
  • Tracheal and bronchial stenting for airway obstruction
  • Laser therapy for airway obstruction
  • Bronchoscopy (flexible, rigid, navigational and fluorescence) for diagnosis and treatment of airway and lung diseases


Chest Wall Treatments

  • Minimally-invasive (Nuss procedure) and open (Ravitch procedure) repair for chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum)
  • Chest wall resection and reconstruction of chest wall tumors
  • Clavicular head resection for sternoclavicular chronic pain/arthritis and joint infection

Pleura Treatments

  • Extrapleural pneumonectomy and pleurectomy/decortication for mesothelioma
  • VATS and open decortication for empyema
  • VATS pleurectomy, mechanical and chemical pleurodesis, indwelling tunneled pleural catheter placement for benign and malignant pleural effusions

Diaphragm Treatments

  • Robotic, Laparoscopic, VATS, and Open Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair
  • Robotic, Laparoscopic, and Open Diaphragm Plication for diaphragm eventration and diaphragm paralysis

Esophagus/Foregut Treatments

  • Robotic, VATS and laparoscopic minimally-invasive esophagectomy (MIE), open esophagectomy for esophageal cancer and Barrett’s with high-grade dysplasia
  • Robotic, VATS and laparoscopic heller myotomy for achalasia and other esophageal motility disorders
  • Robotic, laparoscopic and open anti-reflux surgery (Nissen, Toupet, Dor) for gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Robotic, laparoscopic and open hiatal hernia and paraesophageal hernia repair
  • Robotic, VATS and laparoscopic esophageal diverticulectomy and myotomy
  • Transoral stapling and open Zenker’s diverticulectomy
  • Flexible and rigid upper endoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of esophageal disease
  • Endoscopic esophageal dilation for esophageal strictures
  • Endoscopy esophageal stenting for esophageal cancer, esophageal perforation, and other diseases of the esophagus
  • Endoscopic photodynamic therapy for esophageal cancer
  • Percutaneous, laparoscopic and open feeding tube placement (gastric or jejunal feeding tubes) for malnutrition
  • Port/tunneled venous catheter placement for chemotherapy

Esophagus/Foregut Programs

Mediastinum Treatments

  • Robotic, VATS and open thymectomy for myasthenia gravis, thymoma and thymic cancer
  • Robotic, VATS and open mediastinal mass resection
  • Video mediastinoscopy for diagnosis of mediastinal lymphadenopathy and mediastinal masses

Other Treatments

  • VATS sympathectomy for hyperhydrosis
  • VATS and open first rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome