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San Diego lung (thoracic) surgery

At Sharp, our Thoracic (Lung) Surgery Program provides specialized surgical treatment for disorders of the chest organs, particularly the lungs and esophagus.

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Lung (thoracic) conditions 

Our experienced team of specialists treat a variety of thoracic conditions, including:

Lung (thoracic) treatments and procedures

At Sharp, we offer comprehensive surgical treatments using traditional and minimally invasive surgical options, including robotic-assisted surgery and video-assisted thoracic surgery.

Robotic-assisted lung surgery is performed through a series of small incisions using tiny, rotating instruments. These sophisticated tools move in a similar way to a human hand but with a greater range of movement and accuracy. Surgeons also use a high-definition 3D camera, which provides enhanced views into the chest.

With video-assisted thoracic surgery, a tiny camera and surgical instruments are introduced into the chest through one or more small incisions, only a few millimeters in length. The camera sends high-quality images inside your chest to a video monitor, which guides the surgeon in performing the procedure. At Sharp, we offer video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), during which you will be under general anesthesia, and awake video-assisted thoracic surgery (AVATS), during which you be under both local anesthesia and sedation.

Treatments and procedures we provide include:

  • Complex airway management

  • Endobronchial ultrasound

  • Endomocosal esophageal resection

  • Endoscopic ultrasound

  • Esophagectomy

  • Esophageal stents

  • Esophagectomy (minimally invasive)

  • Fluorescence bronchoscopy with advanced laser techniques

  • Hiatal or paraesophageal hernia repair

  • Laparoscopic Heller myotomy

  • Laparoscopic Nissen and Laparoscopic Redo-Collis Nissen

  • Laparoscopic repair of giant paraesophageal hernias

  • Lobectomy

  • Pneumonectomy

  • Segmentectomy

  • Tracheobronchial stenting

  • Thymectomy

  • Wedge resection

  • Zenker’s diverticulectomy

Frequently asked questions

San Diego thoracic (lung) surgery locations

We offer specialized thoracic surgery at two acute-care hospitals in San Diego.