We offer all major surgical treatments for lung cancer. Our board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons are fellowship-trained and nationally recognized in their field, and are named among the best in the region by Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs. They specialize in complex lung cancer surgery procedures including:
- Lobectomy: Surgical removal of an entire section or lobe of a lung
- Mediastinal lymph node removal/sampling: Pre-therapeutic surgical procedure to determine the most accurate staging of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to assist in treatment decisions and prognosis. The results of this procedure depend on the number of lymph nodes removed or sampled and it has technical limitations, especially for left upper lobe tumors.
- Pneumonectomy: Surgical removal of an entire lung
- Sleeve resection: Treats some cancers in large airways of the lung to preserve lung function
- Thoracotomy: Surgical procedure that makes an incision into the chest wall to examine the lungs; remove a lung or part of a lung; remove a rib; examine, treat or remove organs in the chest cavity; remove tumors and metastatic growths; or biopsy or take a tissue sample to examine for evidence of abnormal cells.
- Video-assisted thorocoscopic surgery (VATS): Treats early stage lung cancers near the outside of the lung with smaller incisions than a thoracotomy. This procedure uses an endoscope or thin, rigid tube with a tiny video camera on the end that is inserted inside the chest to visually examine on a TV monitor the pleura, lung and mediastinum and to obtain tissue for testing purposes.
- Wedge resection or segmentectomy: Partial removal of a lobe of a lung
After surgery, patients receive advanced nursing care by our expert intensive care unit (ICU) team with a smooth transition to the hospital's telemetry unit for continuous monitoring. In addition, early after discharge, the surgical office physician assistant (PA) is available to make personal house calls to ensure continuity of care and the best outcomes possible.