When surgery is your best option to treat a lung problem, you can be assured that at the Leesburg-Ocala Heart Institute you will receive the very latest in thoracic surgery. As technology advances so do the techniques used to combat lung diseases. Surgery can be performed at most stages of lung cancer and is often used in combination with chemotherapy and/or radiation.
The Leesburg-Ocala Heart Institute performs thoracic surgery, such as lobectomy (removal of one or more lobes of a lung), wedge resection (removal of part of the lobe of a lung), or pneumonectomy (removal of an entire lung) for all forms of lung disease, whether benign or malignant.
If the tumor is small and located on the outer perimeter of the lung, video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), a minimally invasive approach may be employed. VATS, or thoracoscopy, can be used to remove cancer, perform lung biopsy, and treat diseases causing the lung to collapse or fluid buildup in the chest cavity.
Unlike a thoracotomy, which requires a chest incision, a thoracoscopy (VATS), employs a few small incisions to allow for the surgical instruments and the viewing camera needed by the surgeon. Both surgeries will result in tubes placed in the operating room for post-operative fluid and air drainage.