CMC surgeons on operating room

Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgery involves the organs in the chest cavity, mainly the lungs.

CMC’s cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons treat many conditions within the chest, including:
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung nodules
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Empyema and other pleural space diseases

Patients undergoing thoracic surgery are treated by a multi-disciplinary team that could include surgeons, pulmonologists, oncologists, radiologists, radiation therapists and pathologists. This coordinated approach gives you the best surgical outcomes, recovery and ongoing care.

Diagnosis, Treatment and technologies

Minimally Invasive Robotic Assisted Thoracic Surgery

CMC is home to the most experienced robotic surgery program in southern New Hampshire. Our surgical team has nearly 20 years of experience using the da Vinci system and is now using this technology for thoracic surgery.

Minimally invasive, robotic assisted thoracic surgery provides extreme precision in removing suspicious masses or tumors on the lung. The incision is small, with less disturbance to the rest of the chest cavity compared to traditional thoracic surgery. Benefits of this procedure includes:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Fewer potential complications
  • Less pain during recovery
We also use long-acting local anesthetics and a process called cryoanalgesia – freezing of the nerve endings at the surgical site – to reduce post-operative pain without the need for narcotics.

Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)

Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has also been used at CMC over the last 20 years to provide less invasive surgery, allowing for quicker recovery and less pain. VATS involves a small camera being inserted into the chest cavity through a small incision, with the surgical instruments entering through a second incision. VATS is a far less invasive procedure than open thoracic surgery with shorter healing time and less discomfort.

Cryoanalgesia is also used in combination with regional anesthesia, allowing for an early discharge from the hospital without the need for prescription narcotics.

Coordinated Care

The nurse navigator is an important component of the team. The nurse navigator provides guidance to the patient during the early postoperative period and over the long term. This facilitates the coordination of care for the patient undergoing treatment for lung cancer and other malignancies of the chest.

Meet our team

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons

If you need a cardiovascular surgical procedure, you can access the most advanced cardiac and vascular surgical care in northern New England at CMC’s New England Heart & Vascular Institute. Meet CMC’s cardiothoracic team.

National Recognition
3-Star Rating 

CMC offers the most advanced cardiac and vascular surgical care in northern New England. Our surgeons—with board certifications in general, cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery—have a 3-Star designation by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a distinction earned by only the top 11% of cardiac surgery centers in the U.S. 

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LUNG Screening CT Right for You?

Lung cancer remains the number one cause of cancer-related death in the United States. But a simple procedure at CMC is offering hope for early detection and successful treatment. 

Nationally Licensed

All CMC Respiratory Services staff members are licensed by the National Board for Respiratory Care and the State of New Hampshire.

Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center

The Radiology Department at CMC is designated as an American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center. This means you can be assured that the technologists, equipment and physicians providing your care have met and exceeded stringent guidelines.

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