Thoracic Surgery Thoracic surgeons specialize in surgery for the diseases of the chest, including: lungs chest wall diaphragm Baystate often utilizes video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). VATS is a type of thoracic surgery performed using a small video camera that is introduced into the patient's chest via a scope. The surgeon is able to view the instruments that are being used along with the anatomy that is being operated on. Meet our thoracic surgeons Conditions We Treat Surgeons at Baystate Medical Center use minimally invasive thoracic surgery to treat a variety of medical conditions. These include: Resections for lung cancer and benign lung tumors Lung biopsies Treatment for empyema Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) Malignant pleural effusions Pneumothorax Benign esophageal and mediastinal tumors. After Thoracic Surgery We work with Baystate Pulmonary Rehabilitation specialists to offer exercise programs for patients before their lung transplants or thoracic surgery. They can also evaluate your condition and develop a home exercise program specifically geared to you and your needs.