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Lung and Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgery treats all areas of the chest except the heart. As part of our comprehensive program known as the Northern Virginia Center for Thoracic and Esophageal Disorders, the lung and thoracic experts at Reston Hospital Center perform more robotic-assisted thoracic surgical procedures than any facility in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.

Your Best Choice for Lung & Thoracic Surgery

The physician who wrote the first book on robotic-assisted surgery started our program. From that beginning, we built an exceptional practice in minimally invasive surgery that's now part of our Institute for Robotics & Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery at Reston Hospital.

You benefit from our extensive experience with advanced technology to treat conditions of the lungs, thymus gland, mediastinum (area of the chest cavity separating the lungs), esophagus and nerves in the sympathetic system.

Robotic-assisted surgical procedures mean significantly smaller and fewer incisions, greater precision and dexterity, as well as improved views of internal organs for your surgeon, so you're more likely to recover faster and enjoy better long-term results.

Thoracic Surgery Procedures at Reston Hospital Center

Your options for lung and thoracic surgery include:

  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) – Uses a tiny high-definition video camera (a thorascope) and special miniature instruments to assist with internal examination, biopsy or treatment of tissues in the space between the lungs
  • Conventional thoracoscopy – Uses a tiny lens and light source, similar to an endoscope or cystoscope, instead of a video camera for the procedure
  • Conventional lobectomy – Removes a lobe of the lung, usually to treat early-stage lung cancer
  • Segmentectomy – Removes part of an organ, gland or tumor and surrounding tissue
  • Lung biopsy – Retrieves a sample of lung cells for examination to reveal the presence or extent of disease
  • Mediastinoscopy and mediastinal surgery – Examines the center part of the chest cavity, often to determine the extent of lymph node involvement in lung cancer or to view the status of organs and glands in the chest
  • Pericardial window – Drains fluid from the membrane surrounding the heart

Conditions We Treat

Find the help you need in our program of coordinated, multispecialty care for lung and thoracic conditions such as:

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Benign or malignant lung disease
  • Benign or malignant esophageal disease
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Pleural disease

Explore robotic-assisted surgery in our online Health Library.

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