Cardio-thoracic surgery procedures
The Prince Charles Hospital performs the whole spectrum of cardio-thoracic operations, including elective and emergency procedures. In addition to the surgical team, you will be cared for by a team of Intensive Care and ward nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and dietitians along with your team of doctors including anaesthetist and intensive care specialists.
Lung volume reduction surgery is offered to a selected group of patients with emphysema. Emphysema is a chronic lung disease that causes shortness of breath. The surgery involves removing grossly emphysematous (diseased lung tissue) portions of the lung to optimise the efficiency of the remaining lung tissue. It is generally performed via video assisted surgery.
Treatable lung cancers can be operated on with minor resections or major resections. A resection is the surgical removal of all or part of an organ, tissue or structure to remove a tumour. These procedures can be performed by open surgery or keyhole surgery. The treatment is often combined with radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy depending on the stage of cancer. In some cases, you may undergo chemotherapy before surgery.
Benign lung tumours and mediastinal tumours that develop in the mediastinum (the area in the middle of the chest) sometimes need surgical resections. These may be performed via a thoracotomy (surgical incision in the chest wall), sternotomy (surgical incision in the centre of the chest) or by video assisted thoracotomy (see below).
Chest wall deformities including pectus excavatum, a condition characterised by an abnormal development of the breastbone and rib cage, can be treated surgically. The thoracic unit offers Nuss procedures to correct pectus excavatum.
Recurrent pneumothorax and pleural effusions (the build-up of air or fluid around the lungs inside chest) are treated by a pleurodesis procedure. This procedure permanently removes space between the membranes in the chest to prevent air/fluid build-up. This is generally performed via video assisted surgery.
Video assisted sympathectomy is surgical treatment for hyperhidrosis, a condition characterised by excessive sweating. The procedure involves removing the responsible segment of the sympathetic ganglia, which is located in the chest. It is a successful procedure to treat uncontrollable symptoms of hyperhidrosis.
Many surgeries involving the lung, chest wall and mediastinum are performed via video assisted thoracoscopic surgery. The procedure involves operating inside the chest using instruments under video guidance. Commonly performed operations by this technique include lobectomies, surgery for recurrent pleural effusions and pneumothorax, mediastinal surgeries and chest wall and lung biopsies. Advantages include faster recovery time, lower pain and wound issues and improved cosmesis.
Heart and Lung Clinic
Location: Ground floor, Main Building, The Prince Charles Hospital
Phone: (07) 3139 4207
Phone: (07) 3139 4695
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For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.
In an emergency call 000.
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GP and Specialist Referral Hotline: 1300 364 938