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Portsmouth Regional Hospital
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Lung & Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgery treats all areas of the chest except the heart.

Your Best Choice for Lung & Thoracic Surgery

When you choose Portsmouth Regional Hospital for thoracic care, you benefit from our extensive experience with advanced technology to treat conditions of the lungs, thymus gland, mediastinum (the area of the chest cavity separating the lungs), esophagus and nerves in the sympathetic system.

Our thoracoscopic surgical procedures mean significantly smaller incisions, greater precision and dexterity, as well as improved views of internal organs for your surgeon, so you're more likely to recover faster and enjoy better long-term results.

Thoracic Surgery Procedures at Portsmouth Regional Hospital

Your options for lung and thoracic surgery include:

  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) – Uses a tiny high-definition video camera (a thorascope) and special instruments to assist with internal examination, biopsy or treatment of tissues in the chest cavity
  • Lobectomy – Removes a lobe of the lung, usually to treat early-stage lung cancer
  • Segmentectomy – Removes part of an organ, gland or tumor and surrounding tissue
  • Lung biopsy – Retrieves a sample of lung cells for examination to reveal the presence or extent of disease
  • Mediastinoscopy and mediastinal surgery – Examines the center part of the chest cavity, often to determine the extent of lymph node involvement in lung cancer or to view the status of organs and glands in the chest
  • Endobronchial ultrasound – Helps determine the extent of lymph node involvement in lung cancer or view the status of organs and glands in the chest
  • Pericardial window – Drains fluid from the membrane surrounding the heart
  • Chest wall resection – Handles many tumors, including lung, esophagus, mediastinum, lymph nodes, pleura and chest wall
  • Esophageal procedures – Treats both benign and malignant tumors

Conditions We Treat

Find the help you need in our program of coordinated, multispecialty care for lung and thoracic conditions such as:

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Benign or malignant lung disease, including emphysema
  • Benign or malignant esophageal disease, including swallowing disorders and reflux disease
  • Benign or malignant tumors of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum, lymph nodes, pleura and chest wall
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Pleural disease
  • Abnormalities of the blood vessels in the chest cavity
  • Acute and chronic infectious diseases of the chest such as tuberculosis and histoplasmosis

Explore thoracic surgery in our online Health Library, and read how our new lung cancer surgery procedure helps speed healing.

Learn more about pulmonary services, cancer care and gastrointestinal services at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

Rehabilitation & Recovery

Support your recovery and regain function following surgery by taking advantage of the extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services available to you through Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Our compassionate clinicians, nurses and therapists deliver the expert care you need. Your overall recuperation, return to daily activities and outlook on life can also benefit from our services for postoperative pain management and integrative care.