Chest surgery, also known as thoracic surgery, is a specialty that focuses on diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the chest, including the lungs, esophagus, and chest wall. At Koru Hospital, our team of experienced chest surgeons provides comprehensive care for a wide range of conditions, using the latest surgical techniques and technologies.
Conditions Treated by Chest Surgeons at Koru Hospital
Some of the most common conditions that our chest surgeons treat at Koru Hospital include:
Lung Cancer: This is a condition where abnormal cells grow uncontrollably in the lungs. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Symptoms may include a persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or coughing up blood. Treatment options for lung cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy.
Pulmonary Nodules: These are small, round growths on the lungs that may or may not be cancerous. Pulmonary nodules are often detected incidentally on imaging tests. Treatment options for pulmonary nodules may include surgery, observation, or biopsy.
Esophageal Cancer: This is a condition where abnormal cells grow uncontrollably in the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Esophageal cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage and is difficult to treat. Symptoms may include difficulty swallowing, chest pain, or weight loss. Treatment options for esophageal cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy.
Hiatal Hernia: This is a condition where a portion of the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm and into the chest. Hiatal hernias may cause heartburn, chest pain, or difficulty swallowing. Treatment options for hiatal hernia may include surgery to repair the hernia.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: This is a condition where blood vessels or nerves in the chest are compressed, causing pain and other symptoms. Symptoms may include pain in the neck, shoulders, or arms, or numbness or tingling in the fingers. Treatment options for thoracic outlet syndrome may include surgery to relieve the compression.
Diagnosis of Chest Conditions
Diagnosis of chest conditions typically involves a combination of imaging tests, such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, as well as other tests such as pulmonary function tests or bronchoscopy. Our team of experienced chest surgeons at Koru Hospital works closely with our radiologists and other specialists to accurately diagnose chest conditions and develop individualized treatment plans for each patient.
Treatment Options for Chest Conditions
At Koru Hospital, our chest surgeons use the latest surgical techniques and technologies to provide our patients with the best possible outcomes. These may include minimally invasive procedures, such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) or robot-assisted surgery, which allow for smaller incisions, less pain, and quicker recovery times. We also offer traditional open surgery when necessary.
For lung cancer and other chest conditions, surgery may be recommended as the primary treatment or as part of a combination of treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Surgery may involve removing a portion of the lung or the entire lung, depending on the location and stage of the cancer.
For esophageal cancer, surgery may involve removing a portion of the esophagus or the entire esophagus, as well as nearby lymph nodes. Our team of chest surgeons works closely with our medical and radiation oncologists to develop individualized treatment plans for each patient.
If you are experiencing any chest-related symptoms or have been diagnosed with a chest condition, it is important to seek prompt medical attention. Our team of experienced chest surgeons at Koru Hospital is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of care and the most advanced treatment options available.
In addition to surgical treatment, our team also provides comprehensive pre- and post-operative care, including pain management, rehabilitation, and follow-up appointments to monitor progress and ensure optimal recovery.
At Koru Hospital, we are committed to providing our patients with personalized care that meets their individual needs and preferences. Our team of chest surgeons and other specialists work closely together to develop a customized treatment plan for each patient, taking into account their medical history, current health status, and personal goals.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our chest surgeons at Koru Hospital, please contact us today.