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About thoracic surgery

Thoracic surgery is surgery of the chest. Newborns and children with both acquired and congenital diseases of the chest may require thoracic surgery. This includes children with:

  • Congenital lung abnormalities such as congenital pulmonary airway malformations (CPAM), sequestrations and bronchogenic cysts
  • Acquired conditions such as lung infections and empyema
  • Tumors in the chest
  • Chest wall developmental deformities such as pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum

Our approach to treatment

Our pediatric surgeons are experts in treating a variety of conditions with thoracic surgery. The vast majority of surgery can be done using minimally invasive techniques, where major thoracic surgery is performed through tiny incisions with the aid of a video camera and magnifying telescope. This allows for much less pain and scarring and a quicker recovery. In addition, we work very closely with our pediatric anesthesiologists, who use regional blockades for long-term pain control in order to lessen the need for narcotics in young patients after they undergo surgery.

Our surgeons have the advanced skills necessary to perform a wide range of operations such as:

  • Resection of congenital abnormalities of the lung
  • Repair of a congenital esophageal abnormality in a baby
  • Draining infections from the chest in a child with pneumonia
  • Biopsying and/or resecting tumors in the chest

We also have a dedicated program to specifically treat chest wall deformities such as pectus excavatum and carinatum.

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