At the Emirates Specialty Hospital, our thoracic surgery team works on the organs of the thorax (upper and middle of the back), which usually means treatment of the chest and lungs (excluding the heart).
Patients see our thoracic specialists concerning anything between the neck and diaphragm; including the trachea, pleura and mediastinum. Our doctors can treat cancers that line the lungs (mesothelioma) and cancer that originates from another place (lung metastases).
As well as lung cancer, Emirates Specialty Hospital treats esophageal cancer – cancer of the food pipe, which passes from the pharynx and connects the lungs to the stomach.
Additionally, our experts care for patients with pneumonia, emphysema, blunt chest trauma, and reflux esophagitis, among other conditions. It encompasses pneumothorax (where the lung collapses due to air), empyema (collapse because of infection) and pleural effusion (where fluid results in a collapse of the lungs).
Goiters (abnormally big thyroid glands) come as a result of swelling, nodules or growth on the gland causing it to be overactive, underactive or show no symptoms of a problem at all. However, as it’s located in the front of the trachea, it can cause the neck to visibly swell over time if left untreated.
Symptoms include severe coughs or coughs bringing up blood, chest pain, chest infection or shortness of breath. Symptoms to be concerned about might even include fever or weight loss alongside other changes. Patients may also complain about heartburn and regurgitation in conjunction with these issues.
Doctors can look into the matter closely using scans, X-rays and minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgery. Upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract radiography may also be used in collaboration with thoracic surgery.
At the Emirates Specialty Hospital, our team perform large thyroid & tracheal esophageal surgery to eliminate the source of compression. Lung transplantations and endotracheal intubation (placing a tube to assist breathing) are also available.
The thoracic surgeon may operate via an incision near the breast bone (sternotomy) or the side of the chest (thoracotomy). Surgery may be assisted by video technology using a bronchoscope or mediastinoscope.
After-care is very important to our doctors at Emirates Specialty Hospital and patients will be advised on the correct methods to follow once they’ve had treatment. This includes which medication to take, how to look after wounds, what you can and can’t do immediately after surgery, plus what feelings are normal and what to be concerned about after operations.