Mount Carmel uses minimally invasive surgery to diagnose and treat many lung and chest problems, including lung cancer. Minimally invasive lung and chest procedures are done using video-assisted thorascopy (VATS), which enables our surgeons to clearly see the area being operated on without spreading the ribs.
Through this minimally invasive endoscopic procedure, Mount Carmel surgeons are able to remove most of the esophagus, one-third of the stomach and drain lymph nodes through nine very small holes in the chest and abdomen and a two-inch incision in the neck.
A lung resection is the removal of a lung or a portion of the lung that is damaged or diseased portion due to cancer, infection, tuberculosis or a collapsed lung.
Mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure used to examine the inside of the upper chest between and in front of the lungs for conditions like infection, inflammation or cancer.
A bronchoscopy is used to look at the airways leading to the lungs to check for growths, to remove blockages and to collect samples of tissue or sputum.