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Lung and Upper Esophagus Surgery

Adventist Health provides expert surgical care for lung and upper esophagus conditions. Whether you have been managing symptoms for years or have an urgent need, we are here for you.

General surgeons use advanced techniques whenever necessary to achieve the best outcome. Our team approach and focus on quality help patients reclaim wellness.

Expert surgical care

At Adventist Health, you have access to more of the lung and esophagus procedures that help you feel your best. Our general surgeons treat complications of emphysema, like collapsed lungs (pneumothorax). You can also count on us for exceptional treatment of common conditions, like reflux.

We use research-based methods that promote healing. And our attention to detail helps us get excellent outcomes.

Minimally invasive lung and esophageal cancer

Surgery often includes minimally invasive techniques that use small incisions, so there’s less discomfort as you recover. Treatments may include:

  • Laparoscopic surgery: Surgeons use sophisticated surgical instruments and a camera attached to long tubes to carry out your procedure.
  • Robotic surgery: This technique also uses tiny instruments and a camera. But surgeons use robotic surgical technology to control them.

Multidisciplinary approach

We work with other Adventist Health specialists when necessary to ensure you get the most out of your care. You have access to a wide range of expertise, so you receive the most appropriate treatment.

General surgeons often work with our cancer care team and digestive health specialists to share important details about your progress. This approach ensures seamless services that meet your needs, so you can focus on feeling better.

What to expect from lung and upper esophagus surgery

It’s natural to be nervous about needing surgery, and we’re here to help. Learn more by reading our general surgery patient resources.

Before your procedure, we provide all the information you need to be prepared. The team explains the type of procedure you need and how it can help you. We also discuss what happens before, during and after the procedure, including how long it may take you to recover.

Lung and esophagus procedures we perform

General surgeons perform a full range of procedures, including:

  • Ablation: Applying radio waves to deliver heat that destroys abnormal tissue in the esophagus
  • Bullectomy: Removing damaged tissue from deep within your lungs (bullae or blebs) so it’s easier to breathe
  • Esophagectomy: Taking out part of the esophagus and repairing the remaining tissue, so that you can swallow
  • Fundoplication: Strengthening the valve between the esophagus and stomach to prevent pre-cancerous conditions, like Barret’s esophagus, from worsening
  • Lung nodule resection: Removing abnormal growths that may be cancerous
  • Lobectomy: Removing a large section of lung tissue (lobe)
  • Lung resection: Taking out a small section of lung tissue (part of a lobe)
  • Lymph node dissection: Taking a sample of nearby glands (lymph nodes) if there’s a concern the cancer has spread

Let us be your partner in health

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