Your Thoracic Health is our Priority
The Vancouver Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplant Program is structured to provide comprehensive specialized multidisciplinary care for people with thoracic disease:
RAPID ACCESS THORACIC CANCER CLINIC: for lesions in the lungs, trachea, esophagus, stomach, mediastinum, chest wall, pericardium, and pleural space suspicious for cancer
Screening for lung cancer via the 'BC Lung Screen Trial"
Esophageal pH/impedance & Manometry testing
Benign foregut disease including: giant hiatus hernia, achalasia and esophageal motility disorders, benign esophageal tumours and cysts
Surgical lung biopsy, and lung transplantation
Surgical biopsy and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) biopsy of mediastinal lymphadenopathy
Congenital anomalies of the tracheobronchial tree, lung, and esophagus in the adult
Chest injury repair
Acquired benign conditions such as myasthenia gravis, hyperparathyroidism due to mediastinal parathyroid adenoma, and sepsis in the pleural space, mediastinum, chest wall and lungs
Proximal airway disease, such as benign tracheal stenosis
Benign esophageal diseases requiring esophageal function assessment
Emphysema requiring lung volume reduction operation
Taking Care of You
Initial appointments with our thoracic doctors are 30 minutes in length and for consultation only.
No procedures will be done at this visit.
The doctor will review history, completed investigations, conduct an appropriate examination, and discuss a management plan.
Patients must bring a list of current medications, and an adult English language translator if not fluent in English.
Click here for details on tests and procedures the Thoracic Doctors may arrange before surgery.
Thoracic Surgery at VGH
Helping You Get Healthy
All thoracic surgeries and thoracic procedures are conducted at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) by our advanced fellowship trained Thoracic Surgeons.
In the operating room, fellowship trained cardiothoracic anesthesiologists conduct all elective thoracic surgical anesthesia. Prior to surgery we arrange for patient assessment in the VGH pre-anesthetic clinic.
Thoracic Post-Op Care at VGH
The Care You Deserve
After surgery, all thoracic patients recover on the 12th floor Chest Centre at VGH in the Jim Pattison Pavilion. A highly specialized multidisciplinary "Tower-12 Chest Centre" team of Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, and Pharmacists, care for thoracic patients along with thoracic surgeon and respirologist doctors.
Click "Welcome to the Chest Centre" for more details.