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Experience the Blessing Difference: Thoracic Surgery

When you come to Blessing for thoracic surgery, you benefit from:

  • Depth of experience: Our cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. John H. Arnold, began his surgical career at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. He has more than 20 years of surgical expertise and has advanced fellowship training in heart and lung procedures.

  • Minimally invasive procedures: When possible, our surgical team uses video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) procedures. VATS enables our doctors to perform lung surgery via several small incisions in the chest. Because there is no need to spread the ribs and cut through large amounts of muscle, you recover more quickly, experience less pain and have a reduced risk of infection and scarring. Your doctor will discuss the best surgical option for you.

  • Teamwork: Our team of experts works together to provide the most effective treatment for your individual health needs. Our nurses support you and your loved ones throughout the treatment and recovery process.

  • Recovery program: Following surgery, you can participate in a pulmonary rehabilitation program. Our experts help strengthen your lungs and return you to a more active lifestyle.

  • Care that focuses on you: We treat our patients like family. You will see the same familiar, helpful faces at your appointments and throughout your course of treatment.

Lung and Chest Surgeries at Blessing

Our surgical team is highly skilled at performing a wide array of thoracic surgeries, including:

  • Lung biopsies: Your doctor removes a sample of lung tissue to biopsy for abnormal cells.

  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS): Your doctor inserts a tiny camera called a thoracoscope into a small incision in your chest. Using the camera as a guide, your doctor inserts instruments through other small incisions in your chest to perform surgery. VATS procedures include:

    • Lobectomy: Removing portions of a diseased lung

    • Removal of mediastinal masses: Removing cancerous and noncancerous tumors found in the mediastinum, the central part of the thoracic cavity

    • Resection of lung metastasis: Removing a cancerous lung tumor

  • Pneumonectomy: Your doctor removes a diseased lung.

Esophageal Surgery at Blessing

If dietary changes and medications do not alleviate symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), your doctor may recommend laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. During this procedure, your doctor wraps part of your stomach around the bottom of your esophagus. The resulting pressure prevents food and liquids from leaking back up into your esophagus.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call 217-223-8400 ext. 8960.