Thoracic Surgery

At Northside Hospital, a leader in providing state-of-the-art surgical services, more surgeries are performed than at any other hospital in Georgia. New technologies have transformed how procedures of the lungs and esophagus are being performed.

Minimally invasive VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) lobectomy for lung cancer has been performed at Northside for some time and Northside ranks as one of the leaders in Georgia in such procedures. With the addition of robotic surgery, Northside is expanding its expertise in minimally invasive thoracic techniques.

Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is a type of surgery for diagnosing and treating many conditions affecting the chest area (thorax). It uses a special video camera called a thoracoscope. It is a type of minimally invasive surgery. That means it uses smaller cuts (incisions) than traditional open surgery. One common reason to do VATS is to remove part of a lung because of cancer.

Robotic Surgery

Robotic-assisted technology has had a profound impact on procedures for the lungs and esophagus. Northside was one of the first hospitals in Georgia to use the minimally invasive technique for thoracic surgery. Robotic surgery is a much less invasive alternative to traditional open thoracotomy, lobectomy, and thymectomy surgeries. The technology allows surgeons to treat patients with minimal trauma to the chest wall and ribs. Read more about our robotic surgery program.

Additional thoracic surgery procedures include:

  • Nuss repair, with thorascopic and open techniques for pectus excavatum (funnel chest)
  • Esophagectomy for esophageal cancer
  • Ablations for esophageal dysplasia and Barrett’s esophagus
  • Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy (removal of thyroid or parathyroid glands/tumors)
  • VATS sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and sympathetic-maintained pain
  • Thymectomy, including robotic thymectomy