The thoracic surgeons at Baystate Health specialize in treating conditions in your lungs, esophagus, trachea, and chest wall.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a collapsed lung (pneumothorax), myasthenia gravis, lung tumors, COPD, or another issue in your chest, you can rely on our team of surgeons for professional, comprehensive care.
A TEAM APPROACH TO SURGERY IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
Baystate’s thoracic surgeons often collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of doctors, including heart surgeons, endocrinologists, pathologists, pulmonologists, and gastroenterologists.
Using the latest video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), robot-assisted surgery, and ultrasound technology, our team prioritizes your safety and healing.
We focus on what’s right for you and will support you throughout the process of preparing for, undergoing, and recovering from surgery. Baystate even provides a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program for patients who have had lung transplants or thoracic surgery.
CONDITIONS WE TREAT WITH THORACIC SURGERY
Chest surgeons treat a variety of lung (pulmonary), heart (cardiovascular), and upper digestive problems.
We use minimally invasive thoracic surgery for:
- Lung and airway disorders
- Lung biopsies
- Lung cancer
- Myasthenia gravis
- Empyema treatment
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Malignant pleural effusions
- Benign esophageal and mediastinal tumors
STATE-OF-THE-ART TREATMENT OPTIONS CLOSER TO HOME
Compared to general surgeons, Baystate’s thoracic surgeons are specially trained to operate in the chest. We offer:
- Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)—a minimally invasive procedure that allows your surgeon to perform procedures through a small incision with the help of a video camera
- Robot-assisted thoracic surgery—a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows for smaller incisions, precise treatment, and typically faster healing
- Minimally invasive esophagectomy—a way to remove tumors in your esophagus using small incisions
- Minimally invasive thoracic sympathectomy—also called a thoracoscopic sympathectomy, this is a way to treat primary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) with few incisions