Surgery for Lung Cancer
We consider excellence in surgery for lung cancer to be at the core of the mission of the thoracic surgery service at Rush. You will be treated by thoracic surgeons who specialize in the management of lung cancer and have trained to treat this disease at some of the top thoracic surgery units in the United States. We work together with oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists to provide a comprehensive approach to therapy. Our surgical lung cancer specialists are specially trained to perform all of the different types of lung cancer resections that might be required — with the lowest risk and greatest chance of cure. Several studies have now demonstrated that risks are lower and cure rates higher when lung cancer procedures are performed by surgeons who are specialized in these techniques.
The airway/tracheal program at University Thoracic Surgeons treats a wide range of airway and tracheal conditions. Additional information here.
Hyperhidrosis Surgery Service
Hyperhidrosis is a condition causing excessive sweating in the hands, armpits or feet of the affected individuals, and is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. Medical therapies to treat this condition include salves, electrical stimulation and medications, and surgery is reserved for cases resistant to medical interventions. Additional information here.
Minimally Invasive Program
Rush University Medical Center's Department of Thoracic Surgery employs minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat a wide range of conditions. Using high-definition imaging technology and precision instruments, surgeons work through tiny incisions to perform these procedures. In comparison with traditional (i.e., open) surgery, minimally invasive surgery generally involves:
- Less blood loss, postoperative pain and scarring
- An earlier discharge, as many procedures are done on an outpatient basis
- A quicker recovery and return to normal activities
As one of the world's foremost academic medical centers, Rush is committed to developing new minimally invasive surgical techniques and integrating them into our care. As a large referral service, we conduct thousands of these operations every year for a wide variety of conditions.
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopy (VATS) Lobectomy for lung cancer resection. Removal of a section or lobe of the lung involved with cancer is the gold standard for localized lung cancers and offers the best chance for a long term remission and cure. This minimally invasive technique has the advantage of shorter hospital stay, less pain and a quicker return to normal activities (usually half the time as traditional open procedures). Nonetheless, only 15 percent of lobotomies in the country are performed this way.
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), in which a fine-needle biopsy of mediastinal nodes or a lung mass is performed for the minimally invasive staging of lung cancer. This procedure avoids incisions altogether while still providing the pathologist and care team the much needed staging information or diagnosis.
- Stenting, in treating strictures and cancer of the esophagus
- Laparoscopic procedures in the treatment of paraesophageal hernias and achalasia
- Laparoscopic procedures in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, including reoperative procedures
- Minimally invasive esophagectomies for esophageal cancer
- Transoral approaches to Zenker's diverticulum: transoral surgery with no incisions
Thoracic surgeons are supported by a team of anesthesiologists who are dedicated to the care of thoracic patients. After surgery, patients are followed closely to ensure the best long-term care.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Program
A single test can rarely confirm a thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) diagnosis. Rush's thoracic surgeons design examination programs tailored to individual patients. Our TOS diagnoses are established by ruling out other disorders and then testing to see if the condition involves the nerves (neurogenic TOS) or the blood vessels (vascular TOS). Additional information here.
Surgical Repair of Chest Wall Deformity, Pectus Excavatum, Pectus Carinatum
Pectus excavatum (PE) is an abnormal development of the rib cage where the breastbone (sternum) caves in, resulting in a sunken chest wall deformity. Sometimes referred to as "funnel chest," pectus excavatum is a deformity often present at birth (congenital) that can be mild or severe. Since most patients with the deformity do not have symptoms, treatment may not be needed, or will be dependent upon the development of symptoms. Additional information here.
Surgery for Esophageal Cancers
Esophageal cancer presents in two main forms: squamous cell carcinoma and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Additional information here.