Thoracic Conditions & Treatments

Thoracic surgeons treat and operate on conditions that occur in the organs inside the chest, as well as in the bony structures and tissues that form the chest cavity. The word "thoracic," or "thorax," describes the breastplate or chest region and refers to the area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen.

Not limited to the treatment of lung cancer and emphysema, the Cedars-Sinai Division of Thoracic Surgery employs advanced physician expertise and medical technology to offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for all diseases of the chest.


  • Chest wall resection and reconstruction
  • Lung transplantation
  • Lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema
  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer (VATS)
  • Non-surgical treatment of lung cancer:
    • Brachytherapy
    • Radio frequency ablation
    • Stereotactic radiation (radio-surgery)
  • Surgery for benign disease of esophagus:
    • Laparoscopic fundoplication (Nissen, Dor, Toupet)
    • Laparoscopic Heller myotomy
    • Belsey fundoplication
  • Surgery for cancer of the esophagus and other esophageal conditions:
    • Esophagectomy (open and minimally invasive)
    • Thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy
    • Thoracoscopic (VATS) wedge resection