Thoracic Surgery

Carroll Hospital's thoracic surgeons perform a range of procedures to treat disorders of the lungs, mediastinum, bronchial tubes, esophagus and related structures. Our thoracic surgical procedures include:

Bronchoscopy – a procedure using a special, flexible device called a bronchoscope to see inside and diagnose or repair airway problems such as inflammation, bleeding or tumors. The bronchoscope is most often inserted through the nose or mouth. It also is used to take tissue samples in lung biopsies and to help doctors see the airways during a surgical procedure.

Esophageal resection – there are two types of esophageal resection:
  • Esophagectomy, the removal of part or all of the esophagus and adjacent lymph nodes.
  • Esophagogastrectomy, the removal of both the lower esophagus and the upper stomach.
    Both procedures are usually performed to remove cancerous tissue. The remaining esophagus is reconnected with the stomach when possible.

Lung Resection – a major surgical procedure using general anesthesia in which a diseased portion of the lung is resected (cut) and removed. Patients may undergo this procedure because they have lung cancer, tuberculosis, emphysema, a collapsed or abscessed lung or other disease.

Mediastinoscopy – a biopsy procedure that gathers tissue from the mediastinum, the area in front of the lungs. It is usually reserved for areas that cannot be visualized using CT or a bronchoscope. The mediastinoscope is inserted through a tiny incision near the breastbone.

Thoracoscopy – a biopsy procedure involving several tiny incisions and an endoscope to view and take tissue samples from the lungs, mediastinum and pleura (the thin covering protecting the lungs).

For a referral to a thoracic surgeon, call 410-871-7000 or search our online physician directory.