The experienced teams at Dignity Health Medical Foundation strive to deliver quality care to every patient that walks through our doors. Thoracic surgery treats anything in your thorax or chest area—esophagus, lungs, mediastinum, trachea, and diaphragm. Cardiologists and pulmonologists work with the same organs and structures, so this surgical subspecialty works closely with those departments to provide you with optimal treatment options.
Many thoracic procedures are minimally invasive, offering surgeons a degree of precision, control, and agility that traditional surgeries can't match. Patients also greatly benefit from minimally invasive surgeries with:
Thoracic surgery and cardiothoracic surgery are similar in the areas of the body they treat. However, there is a slight difference: the heart. General thoracic surgeons will primarily care for diseases of the lungs, esophagus, and chest wall. In contrast, cardiovascular surgeons generally treat heart conditions such as coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation.