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Thoracic surgery is the medical speciality that deals with the surgical treatment of organs inside the thorax (chest) such as the heart and lungs. A doctor specialised in this field is known as a thoracic surgeon or chest surgeon.
What is the difference between a thoracic surgeon and a cardiac surgeon?
A thoracic surgeon usually performs surgeries to treat disorders of the esophagus, lungs, and chest wall. On the other hand, a cardiac surgeon mainly performs surgeries of the heart and blood vessels.
What are some of the procedures performed by thoracic surgeons?
Some of the surgical procedures performed by thoracic surgeons are lung volume reduction surgery, lung cancer surgeries (e.g. lobectomy, esophagectomy, etc.), and pleurectomy (removal of pleura).
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