Dr. Jon Kiev Talks About Several Of The Most Common Reasons Patients See A Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Jon Kiev Talks About Several Of The Most Common Reasons Patients See A Thoracic Surgeon

Thoracic surgeons are experts in treating many conditions related to the lungs, including lung disease, tumors and nodules. These surgeons work with patients who have had cancer or other diseases affecting their lungs or chest cavity (the space between your ribs). Thoracic surgeons also treat people who have had surgery on their chest or heart.

You Have A Lung Disease Or Condition

Lung disease is a broad term that includes many different conditions. Some of these include:

  • infections
  • environmental factors, such as air pollution and secondhand smoke
  • genetics (for example, cystic fibrosis)

Lung diseases can be treated with surgery, medication and/or other treatments. Thoracic surgeons like Dr. Jon Kiev are trained to treat all types of lung conditions by performing procedures such as lobectomy or pneumonectomy.

You Have Nodules On Your Lungs

Lung nodules are solid masses of tissue that develop in the lungs. They can be found in people who do not have lung cancer, but they may also indicate the presence of a disease like non-small cell carcinoma or adenocarcinoma. Some lung nodules are benign (noncancerous), while others are malignant (cancerous).

You Want To Prevent Cancer From Returning After Treatment For Other Forms Of Cancer

If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, it’s important to know that your risk of getting it again is higher than for many other types of cancers, says Dr. Jon Kiev

If you’ve already had cancer, talk with your thoracic surgeon about whether he or she recommends having surgery for a new diagnosis of metastatic disease (new tumors). Surgery may be recommended if:

  • The tumor hasn’t spread outside the chest cavity yet but has grown large enough that there’s no longer any healthy tissue surrounding it; this could lead to complications such as bleeding into the lungs or pneumonia caused by fluid buildup around them (pulmonary edema).

You Have Tumors On Your Lungs

If you have tumors on your lungs, a thoracic surgeon may be able to help. Tumors are masses of tissue that grow in organs and other parts of the body. They can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The most common types of lung tumors include:

  • Adenocarcinoma–a type of non-small cell lung cancer that begins in glandular tissue
  • Bronchial adenoma–a benign tumor made up of epithelial cells that line hollow organs such as the bronchi or lungs
  • Carcinoid tumor–a rare form of neuroendocrine carcinoma that can develop anywhere along nerve pathways throughout your body; it affects about 1% percent of people with cancer

You’ve Had Prior Surgery ToRemove A Lung Or Part Of A Lung

If you have had a lung removed or part of a lung, then you will need to see a thoracic surgeon. If you are having surgery to remove your entire lung, this can be done through traditional open surgery or minimally invasive (keyhole) techniques. Your surgeon will discuss with you which method they prefer based on their experience and the type of procedure that needs to be performed.

If only part of your lung needs to be removed and replaced with an artificial device called an implantable ventilator-defibrillator (IVD), then it may be possible for them to do this using keyhole techniques such as video-assisted THORACOSCOPIC surgery (VATS). In some cases though, open surgery might still be necessary due to how close together two structures are or because there isn’t enough space between them for VATS instruments without causing damage or discomfort during recovery time afterwards

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