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Clinical Services & Procedures

Our thoracic surgeons perform a number of advanced diagnostic procedures and minimally invasive techniques to diagnosis, stage and treat a variety of diseases of the chest, including lung and esophageal cancers. These include:

In fact, our highly skilled thoracic team performs more endoscopic ultrasounds than any other practice in South Florida and may use a combination of diagnostic technologies, including CT, PET or MRI scans, when necessary. Such techniques enable our physicians to detect cancer and other conditions earlier while often reducing the need for invasive surgery.

Lung Cancer Screenings

Lung cancer claims more lives than the next three most common cancers combined: colon, breast and prostate cancer. One of the reasons is that lung cancer is often diagnosed too late. Recent research shows that CT scans are far superior to chest X-rays when screening for lung cancer. That's why the Division of Thoracic Surgery, together with Memorial Cancer Institute, provide CT screenings as part of its arsenal of diagnostic procedures to catch lung cancer earlier.

CT scans for lung cancer are available with a prescription for just $99 to high-risk patients – those age 50 or older who either smoked more than one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years. While many scans will find more abnormalities than a traditional X-ray will, most of them are of no concern. Working with a specific set of guidelines, our team can determine which patients should proceed with biopsies or other diagnostic tests, and which patients can simply return for their next annual exam.

Call 954-265-HEAL today to schedule your screening.

Experts in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), robot-assisted surgery and the CyberKnife® surgical system are some of the technologically advanced treatment tools our thoracic surgeons use to treat cancerous and benign chest conditions. These minimally invasive procedures provide similar outcomes to traditional surgery, but with smaller incisions and faster, easier recoveries. Minimally invasive thoracic surgery is a treatment option your multidisciplinary treatment team may choose to use in conjunction with chemotherapy, radiation or other treatments to best fight your cancer or illness.

Kick the Habit

The Division of Thoracic Surgery, in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University, offers an evidence-based smoking cessation program. Classes are designed to help participants to quit smoking and learn the strategies and skills to quit and remain smoke-free. To get started,
click here.

The Division of Thoracic Medicine is listed as one of the top programs reporting to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons STS National Database, a collection of some of the best thoracic surgery programs in the nation. To read more, click here.