At Thoracic Group, we provide a range of services for patients with thoracic conditions.
Our surgeon has been performing minimally invasive surgery since the early 1990s, and has considerable experience in treating a variety of thoracic conditions. The treatment options we offer are described below.
Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer screening is performed using a low dose computed tomography scan. The National Comprehensive Screening Network recommends an annual scan of the chest if a patient falls into a high-risk group. If patients have smoked for a number of years, or have had other medical conditions pertaining to the lungs, a lung screening is a non-invasive way of identifying any possible problems at an early stage. When lung cancer is found early, before it has spread to other parts of the body, patients have the greatest chance of recovering.
Video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to access the chest cavity to operate on the underlying organs. VATS is primarily used to treat conditions including cancer and other thoracic disorders, providing patients with significant benefits and life-changing results. The procedure has a significantly reduced complication rate, a reduction in recovery time, and a brief one to two day hospital stay. The surgeons at Thoracic Group pioneered this procedure and were among the first in the world to perform the surgery in 1990. They have performed over 7,000 since then.
A medical diagnosis, particularly one that is considered life threatening, can be the beginning of a daunting and stressful process. Patients who are making decisions about their health should consult with more than one doctor to ensure that the treatment prescribed by the first doctor matches what the second has to say. Before going ahead with a surgical procedure, seek a second opinion from surgeons who have been performing minimally invasive surgery for 25 years. By educating themselves on all the options available, patients can make the most informed decisions possible.