Thoracic surgery is a highly-specialized discipline that encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of diseases and conditions of the chest. Our patients benefit from an excellent surgical team of experienced thoracic surgeons, who perform a wide array of surgeries, using minimally invasive approaches.
Minimally-invasive thoracic surgery means making smaller incisions in the chest, and using lighted endoscopes (long, thin tubes) to perform surgery. By using this technique, patients recover faster and post-operative pain is reduced, as the ribs are not spread and the muscles of the chest wall are not divided.
Our outcomes meet or exceed regional and national data for various procedures. Our thoracic surgeons have successfully treated more esophageal and tracheal disorders than any other center in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our patients find our minimally-invasive approach to surgery beneficial, as it reduces patients’ recovery time, post-surgical pain and length of hospitalization.
Specialized patient care
If you are a thoracic surgery patient at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, you will be cared for on a floor with specialized thoracic/cardiac surgery nursing care. Our nurses and staff are specially trained to anticipate and meet the needs of thoracic surgery patients.
For more information, or to make an appointment, please call 202-877-DOCS (3627).
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