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Thoracic Services

Mercy Medical Center's thoracic surgery program provides care to patients with lung, chest, esophageal and thoracic aortic disease.

What Is Thoracic Care?

Thoracic care can improve the quality of life for those experiencing conditions affecting the chest and lungs. These conditions range from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), to lung nodules (benign and malignant), to many others.

Mercy Medical Center is well-positioned to treat a wide range of thoracic conditions by utilizing advanced diagnostic and surgical techniques.

To find a thoracic specialist, please call (209) 564-4500 or click here to use our Find A Doctor tool.

Why See A Thoracic Specialist?

A thoracic specialist is a highly-trained physician who focuses on the treatment of chest and lung conditions. Some of the most common include asthma, COPD, and thoracic aortic aneurysms. There are also many others, including those that affect the esophagus, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Surgery may be necessary to treat acute or complex cases, but certain thoracic conditions can often be treated with non-surgical methods. Our specialists can diagnose thoracic conditions and help determine the best individualized treatment paths for patients. Mercy Medical Center is also home to the latest technologies and procedures, such as endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscopy (EBUS), a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose thoracic diseases and lung cancers.

If you would like to connect with a specialist to learn more about Mercy Medical Center's thoracic services, we can help. Please call (209) 564-4500 or click here to use our Find A Doctor tool. You should also discuss any concerns you may have with your primary care physician (PCP), as in many cases, he or she will refer you to a thoracic specialist when necessary. 

Lung Cancer Screenings

Although lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, a study conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) showed that screening people at high risk for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography (CT) scans reduced lung cancer deaths by 20%. Another study estimates that early detection and treatment of lung cancer could save more than 70,000 lives a year in the United States.

Learn more about lung cancer screenings at Mercy Medical Center

Treatment Options

The board-certified thoracic specialists at Mercy Medical Center perform diagnostic, minimally-invasive, and traditional surgical techniques, including: 

Advanced Diagnostics
  • Endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscopy (EBUS)
  • Ridged and flexible bronchoscopy
Pleural Procedures
  • Pleural catheters, treatment for pleural effusions and benign and malignant pleural tumors
  • Tunneled pleural catheter placement
  • Ultrasound guided thoracentesis
  • Chest tube placement and management
  • Pleural disease management
Esophageal Procedures
  • Esophageal tumors benign and malignant, esophageal diverticulum
  • Gastroesophageal diseases (GERD)
Lung Surgeries
  • Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
  • Wedge biopsies, lobectomy, pneumonectomy, chest wall tumors and reconstruction procedures
  • Mediastinal masses - benign and malignant
  • Pericardial masses or effusions
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysms
  • Hyperhidrosis (sweaty palms)

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

As part of Mercy Medical Center’s continuum of care, we are pleased to offer outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation services to those who may require continued education or support. The goal of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is to assist patients in achieving the highest level of physical and mental well-being possible. This is achieved through exercise therapy and breathing techniques that enhance physical conditioning and functioning, as well as education and counseling about self-care activities, medication regimes, stress management, nutrition, and infection control. Please speak with your Thoracic Specialist to determine if Pulmonary Rehabilitation would be a good fit for you.

Please call (209) 564-4263 for more information about Mercy’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation services.