HumanAnatomy-Lung_Editor_aWhen surgery is your best option to treat a lung problem, you can be assured that at the Ocala Heart Institute you’ll receive the very latest in thoracic surgery. As technology advances by leaps and bounds, so, too, do the techniques used to combat lung diseases and lung disorders. Surgery can be performed most stages of lung cancer and is often used in combination with chemotherapy and/or radiation.

The Ocala Heart Institute performs thoracic surgery at all of our locations in Florida, 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 procedure, may be employed. VATS, or thoracoscopy, is not only used to remove cancer or to biopsy unknown tumors, it can treat diseases that cause the lung to collapse, or stop fluid buildup in the chest cavity.

Unlike a thoracotomy, which requires a major chest incision, a thorasoscopy (VATS), employs a few small incisions to allow for the surgical instruments and the viewing camera needed by the surgeon. Both surgeries require hospital stays for a few days until the patient has recovered to the point that air no longer leaks from the chest tubes that were inserted during surgery to drain fluid and air.