Thoracic and Foregut Surgery


Thoracic and Foregut Surgery at St. Elizabeth Healthcare combines the skill and expertise of surgeons from two surgical subspecialties – thoracic and foregut surgery – into a single team that works hand-in-hand to address a host of interrelated medical conditions.

Thoracic surgery encompasses surgery on the chest wall and organs contained within the thoracic, or chest, cavity. Foregut surgery addresses problems in the esophagus and stomach.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the St. Elizabeth Thoracic Surgery office, please call (859) 301-2465.
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About Our Program

Our team is made up of highly skilled surgeons who are comfortable working on both sides of the diaphragm and consequently approach the chest and foregut as a unit rather than dividing problems between those in the chest and those in the abdomen. This gives you better care that focuses on you and what you need to achieve optimum health.

We specialize in minimally invasive surgical approaches including:

  • VATS (video assisted thoracoscopic surgery) – surgery that uses a small video camera placed in your chest via small incisions to minimize trauma and recovery time.
  • Laparoscopic Surgery – abdominal surgery that uses a small video camera placed in your abdomen via small incisions to minimize trauma and recovery time.
  • Robotic Surgery – surgery that uses very small tools attached to a robotic arm. Your surgeon controls the robotic arms.

Our thoracic experts are part of a multidisciplinary team, which includes specialists from oncology, radiology, pulmonology and gastroenterology. In this way, we can provide you with the most thorough and comprehensive care for your condition.  

You will also benefit from the support of physician assistants, nurse navigators, experienced medical assistants and medical secretaries.  These compassionate, well-trained professionals ensure that your care is coordinated and communicated to you every step of the way on your journey towards improved health and wellbeing.

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