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Esophageal cancer surgery is the removal of a tumor and some surrounding healthy tissue in the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. Surgery is the most common early-stage esophageal cancer treatment.
At Northwell, we don't just treat esophageal disease—we treat the whole patient. Our doctors and surgeons work together as a team to create a unique care plan for each patient, whether they have cancer or a benign condition.

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A lobectomy is the removal of one of the five major sections of the lung, known as “lobes.” It is a common treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). During lung lobectomy surgery, the surgeon removes the tumor and any affected tissue through either small incisions, or if needed, one large incision. As part of the procedure, the surgeon also may remove lymph nodes in the chest area to make sure the cancer has not spread.
Lung surgery to remove lung cancer may be an option when your cancer is in only one lung or present in one lung and in nearby lymph nodes. It usually is done only if your doctor thinks all the cancer can be removed and your general health is good enough for you to handle the surgery. This may involve removing the cancer, the affected lobe of lung or the entire lung. Early stage lung cancer is commonly treated with robotic surgery with minimal incisions. Lymph nodes are selectively removed.

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Robotic thoracic surgery is procedure in which the surgeon makes several tiny incisions between the ribs, then inserts small robotic arms and a small camera through the incisions. During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a computer console while the camera provides a 3-D view of the lungs or chest area magnified 10 times greater than a person's normal vision.

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A pneumonectomy is an invasive and complex surgery performed to remove an entire lung. A surgeon may recommend a pneumonectomy over a resection or lobectomy if the cancerous tissue is extensive throughout the lung, in the center of the lung, or is difficult to reach and remove.

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Robot-assisted esophagus surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery. Instead of one large incision, the surgeon operates through a few tiny incisions—allowing for faster recovery with less pain, scarring and blood loss than regular surgery.
A first-in-the-world procedure is changing how surgeons at Lenox Hill Hospital treat a condition that impacts the airway - tracheobronchomalacia (TBM). Previously treated through open, invasive surgery, TBM affects the trachea and bronchioles, causing a collapse in the airway that impairs breathing.

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A segmentectomy, or segment resection, is a surgical treatment that can be an option to treat early-stage, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). It involves the removal of part of one of the lobes of the lung to entirely remove a cancerous tumor. This procedure is similar to a wedge resection, though it removes a larger piece of lung tissue.

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Thymus disease surgery is a term referring to surgical treatment for various types of thymus disease, such as thymoma and thymic carcinoma, in which the thymus is removed (also known as a thymectomy).
Tracheal disease surgery treats a variety of diseases that affect the trachea (windpipe). This includes blockages in the airways, cancerous and noncancerous tumors, and larynx (voice box) conditions.

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Uni-VATS, or unipolar video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, is a form of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) used to diagnose and treat diseases of the lungs, chest and esophagus.

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Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat diseases of the lungs, chest and esophagus.

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A wedge resection is a procedure that involves the surgical removal of a small, wedge-shaped piece of lung tissue to remove a small tumor. It is typically performed in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove the affected portion of lung through a few small incisions or one large incision in the chest. Then, the incision is closed and a chest tube is inserted to drain out any fluid after the operation. The chest tube is removed after the lung has healed.
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