Thoracic surgery is a medical specialty that focuses on surgical procedures involving the organs in the thoracic cavity, specifically the chest. It includes surgeries related to the lungs, diaphragm, and other organs in the chest. Here are a few examples of procedures that fall under thoracic surgery:
1. Lobectomy: Surgical removal of a lobe or part of a lung affected by conditions such as lung cancer or infections.
2. Thoracotomy: A procedure where an incision is made in the chest wall to access the thoracic cavity. This can be done for various purposes, such as lung biopsy, treatment of lung infections, or to address chest trauma.
3. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS): A minimally invasive surgical technique that involves small incisions and the use of a video camera to perform procedures in the chest, such as lung biopsies or removal of small lung nodules.
These are just a few examples, and there are other procedures that may also fall under thoracic surgery, depending on the specific condition being addressed. It is always best to consult with a medical professional for further information and guidance related to a particular case.