Thoracic or chest surgery involves organs in the chest such as the heart, lungs, airway and esophagus. Thoracic surgeons treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Lung tumor removal
  • Pleural effusion or fluid around the lung
  • Collapsed lung or pneumothorax
  • Lung nodules

Thoracic surgeons are occasionally referred to as cardiothoracic surgeons because they are also capable in performing cardiovascular procedures.