Thoracic Surgery

The thoracic surgeons at Houston Methodist are gaining international recognition for their revolutionary breakthroughs in treating thoracic disease. Our physicians provide the highest quality of care for the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of non-cardiac diseases of the chest, specifically the following conditions:
  • Disorders of the esophagus , including gastroesophageal reflux disease and swallowing disorders that may require muscle repair procedures, and cancers that may require partial or complete surgical removal of the esophagus
  • Disorders of the lungs, particularly lung cancer , which may require a surgical procedure for a diagnostic biopsy and cancer staging, removal of a small cancerous tumor, or removal or all or part of a lung in case of more widespread disease

Advanced Techniques in Thoracic Surgery
Houston Methodist offers patients a combination of state-of-the-art technology, innovative clinical research protocols, and a multidisciplinary team of physicians and minimally invasive techniques to achieve the best outcomes. These following state-of-the-art surgical techniques, performed at Houston Methodist, improve patient results.
  • Robotic-assisted esophageal Heller myotomy is used to treat patients with the swallowing disorder achalasia. Our expert surgeons use robotic tools to make tiny incisions, offering patients a minimally invasive option that decreases recovery time and reduces pain.
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy, a laparoscopic procedure for esophageal cancer, vastly reduces complications, pain and length of hospital stay after surgery.
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy is a specialized technique used to remove lung cancer tumors safely and effectively. In the hands of our skillful thoracic surgeons, this video-assisted technology allows for the removal of difficult to address tumors centrally located in the chest.

Houston Methodist Hospital's unique surgical suite is equipped to handle open surgeries, video-assisted surgeries, and bronchial or endo-esophageal procedures simultaneously. This hybrid system represents the future of thoracic disease treatment, combining a full line of thoracic imaging capabilities with a fully equipped, sterile operating room.
By using minimally invasive procedures and state-of-the-art video-assisted technology and high-resolution imaging techniques, our expert surgeons are able to provide the best possible diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes with minimal complications.


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