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Dean and St. Mary’s is proud to have board-certified thoracic surgeons who focus their entire practice on diseases and procedures associated with non-beating organs in the chest cavity. What this means for our patients is access to some of the best thoracic specialists in the country. In fact, each year for the last ten years, Dr. Mario Gasparri has been nominated by his physician peers as being in the top 5% of thoracic surgeons in the U.S.
To deliver top-notch service, Dean & St. Mary's thoracic specialists team with multi-disciplinary experts throughout the system to provide comprehensive diagnoses, innovative treatments and personalized care for patients with abnormalities in the chest.
Whether you are seeking care or simply a second opinion, our thoracic team will be delighted to talk with you.
Our Cardiovascular Care Specialty Clinics
Thoracic Diseases Treated:
Dean & St. Mary's thoraric surgeons treat diseases and abnormalities involving the lungs, trachea, pleura, chest wall, mediastinum, esophagus and diaphragm. These diseases include:
||• Solitary Pulmonary Nodule (SPN)
||• Lung cancer
|• Tracheal stricture
||• Tracheal tumors
||• Pleura effusion
|• Chest wall deformities
||• Thoracic outlet syndrome
|• Rib fracture and sternal fractures
|• Myasthenia Gravis
||• Thymomas and Thymic cancer
||• Benign esophageal tumors
|• Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
||• Esophageal diverticula
|• Esophageal cancer
|• Diaphragm paralysis
||• Paraesophageal hernia
Advanced Thoracic Procedures
Whenever possible, Dean & St. Mary's thoracic surgeons use minimally-invasive thoracic surgery techniques. Minimally-invasive approaches allow the surgeon to operate through small incisions that are just one to two inches long. For our patients, this means less time in the hospital, less scarring, less pain and faster recovery after the procedure.
Advanced Technology for Minimally-Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
Our thoracic surgeons have extensive experience and training using the most advanced and proven technology available, such as video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and the da Vinci Robotic System. These systems can be used to diagnose and treat patients.
Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) involves insertion of a long, thin camera (called a thoracoscope) through a small incision. The thoracoscope's miniature camera allows the surgeon to view and examine the chest cavity in great detail.
The da Vinci Surgical System
Like VATS, the da Vinci system gives the surgeon access inside the chest cavity through tiny incisions. The da Vinci surgical system allows for more precise movements and control, especially around the large blood vessels, and improves visualization of the lung's anatomy with its three-dimensional technology. Our thoracic surgical team will commonly use the da Vinci system to treat diseases such as lung cancer, achalasia, GERD, thymoma, myasthenia gravis and paraesophageal hernias.
Experience for Traditional Surgical Procedures
Depending on a patient's condition or the treatment needed, minimally-invasive thoracic surgery may not be an option. Most traditional approaches are considered and used, as deemed appropriate by our surgical teams.