Thoracic Surgery

Our Approach to Treatment

Houston Methodist’s thoracic surgeons are gaining international recognition for revolutionary breakthroughs in thoracic disease treatment. We provide the highest quality care in prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of non-cardiac chest diseases, including:

  • Esophageal conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease and swallowing disorders requiring muscle repair, and cancers requiring partial or complete esophagus removal 
  • Lung disorders, particularly lung cancer, requiring:

    • A surgical procedure for diagnostic biopsy and cancer staging
    • Removal of a cancerous tumor
    • Removal or all or part of a lung because of widespread disease

Advanced Techniques

Houston Methodist offers you state-of-the-art technology, innovative clinical research and expertise in minimally invasive techniques to achieve the best possible outcomes. Procedures performed at Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital include:

  • Robotic-assisted esophageal Heller myotomy – to treat achalasia, a swallowing disorder. Our specialists make tiny incisions, offering you a minimally invasive option that speeds recovery and reduces pain
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy – a laparoscopic procedure for esophageal cancer, reducing your complications, pain and hospital stay
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy – a special, minimally invasive technique to safely and effectively remove lung cancer tumors. 
  • For patients needing surgery for lung cancer, our experts at Houston Methodist Specialty Lung Cancer Clinic use the latest technology, Da Vinci Xi robot, to perform minimally invasive operations for faster recovery

The unique surgical suites at Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist San Jacinto are equipped for simultaneous open and video-assisted surgeries and bronchial or endo-esophageal procedures. This hybrid system combines complete thoracic imaging capabilities with a fully equipped operating room. Our experts provide the best possible diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes with minimal complications.


Our physicians at Houston Methodist perform thoracic surgery at the following convenient locations: