Thoracic surgeons at Cedars-Sinai provide specialized care for a range of conditions in the chest cavity, including acid reflux and hiatal hernia. Our team also offers advanced surgeries for lung and esophageal cancer. We use the latest techniques so you can recover faster and feel your best.

What is Thoracic Surgery?

Thoracic surgery treats disorders in the chest cavity, which is the area between the stomach and the throat. Thoracic surgery treats both noncancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) conditions of the:

  • Trachea: The windpipe that connects the voice box (larynx) to the lungs
  • Lungs: The two organs in the chest that help you breathe
  • Esophagus: The food pipe that connects the throat to the stomach
  • Mediastinum: The area between the lungs that contains the heart, esophagus and trachea 
  • Chest wall: The bone, fat and tissue cage around the organs in the chest

Our Approach to Thoracic Surgery

At Cedars-Sinai, we offer leading-edge techniques, specialized facilities and a commitment to making surgery safer, faster and more effective. We offer:

Leading-Edge Robotic Thoracic Surgery

Our thoracic robotic surgery program is one of the biggest and busiest in the U.S., giving us a high level of experience. We use specialized 3D surgery to perform procedures with smaller incisions, better outcomes, less blood loss and faster recovery.

Dedicated Facilities

We have an operating room and staff dedicated to robotic surgeries. Each member of our surgical team undergoes robotic surgical training, giving them the experience and skill to perform safe, effective robotic surgery. Our robotic thoracic specialists include surgeons, oncologists, interventional radiologists and anesthesiologists.

Timely Diagnosis

No matter which tests you may need, our experts can perform them the same day or within 24 hours.

Early Lung Nodule Program

We use robotic bronchoscopy to detect lung nodules (growths) that are hard to reach with traditional biopsy methods. Using a thin, flexible cable, we look deep into the lung to see small nodules in their early stages. This early diagnosis is key to successful treatment and can prevent complications that may occur as nodules grow.

Conditions We Treat

Pain or problems in your lungs, esophagus and digestive tract can make it challenging to do routine activities, such as swallowing or breathing. Our expert team of thoracic surgeons treats these conditions, including:

Treatments We Offer

The Cedars-Sinai Thoracic Surgery Program employs advanced physician expertise and medical technology to offer comprehensive care for your surgical needs. Learn more about the surgeries we offer:

When non-surgical methods of managing GERD fail, our thoracic surgeons treat this condition with advanced surgical techniques, such as incision-free fundoplication and magnetic banding devices.

The Hyperhidrosis Program at Cedars-Sinai provides minimally invasive surgical treatment for excessive sweating in the hands, feet and armpits. Our surgeons have decades of experience with this procedure, which can permanently relieve symptoms of hyperhidrosis.

Thoracic Partner Programs

Our thoracic surgeons work daily with our partners across Cedars-Sinai to provide exceptional treatment for lung and digestive diseases. Together, the Cedars-Sinai team offers world-class care of both benign and malignant conditions and cancers.

Our experts offer care for a wide range of lung diseases and conditions, including lung tumors, lung cancer and lung nodules.

We use leading-edge techniques to treat esophageal disorders that create difficulty with swallowing, breathing or digesting food.

Our team treats more than 60 types of malignant tumors, including lung cancer and esophageal cancer.

We work with expert heart and lung surgeons to provide lung transplants for people with severe pulmonary hypertension and other conditions. 

Have Questions or Need Help?

To make an appointment or refer a patient, call or send a message to the Thoracic Surgery Program. You can also have us call you back at your convenience.

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