Thoracic surgery is a common practice for Dr Ashraf Osman. It is a surgery performed on organs in the chest cavity, including the heart and surrounding valves and arteries, lungs and capillaries, and esophagus. Thoracic surgery encompasses a variety of techniques and different approaches when treating heart and lung conditions. Dr. Osman is an expert in coronary artery bypass surgery, off-pump bypass surgery, minimally invasive valve surgeries, vascular surgeries, and heart and lung transplant. Dr. Ashraf Osman also specializes in surgical treatments of lung and esophageal cancers.
During a thoracic surgery, a surgeon may diagnose or repair lungs affected by cancer, trauma or pulmonary disease. For lung cancer, a surgeon removes nodules, tumors and lymph nodes to diagnose, stage and treat the disease.
Thoracic surgery procedures may be performed with either minimally invasive techniques or an open surgical procedure called a thoracotomy. Your surgeon may opt for a thoracotomy when it is necessary to see large portions of the lung or inner chest cavity. The procedure may be performed to remove the entire lung or a portion of the lung.