Thoracic surgeon

Thoracic surgery is the area of surgery which treats injuries and diseases of the chest. This includes the lungs, chest wall and diaphragm but NOT the heart.

Diseases of the heart are treated by a cardiologist or a cardiac surgeon. But there are surgeons who specialise in both thoracic and cardiac problems who are known as cardiothoracic surgeons.

A thoracic surgeon performs surgical procedures to treat a range of chest related conditions such as lung cancer, water on the lungs (pleural effusion) and pneumothorax (air between the lungs and chest wall).

Examples of thoracic surgery include:

  • Thoracoscopy
  • Removal of a section of the oesophagus (tumour)
  • Removal of a section of the lung
  • Lung transplant
  • Heller myotomy (relax the muscles of the lower oesophageal sphincter).
  • Nissen fundoplication (treat heartburn)

Many thoracic surgeons choose an area to specialise in, for example, lung cancer.

Role of a thoracic surgeon at Harley Street

Our thoracic surgeons are amongst the best in their speciality. They have a high level of skill and technical ability which, when combined with in-depth knowledge and communication skills, results in an individual who is at the top of their game.

They update their knowledge and skills on a constant basis to ensure that they remain at the forefront. Plus they also take advantage to learn new techniques and technologies as and when they arise.

They are focussed on excellent patient care: this means a highly personalised approach to all of their patients which aims to achieve the best outcome. First rate treatment combined with first rate care.