to perform extremely complicated surgical operations on the heart, lungs, esophagus and other organs and structures of the chest. As a thoracic surgeon, Dr. Shahani may perform surgeries to treat lung cancer or perform a variety of other operations either alone, or in conjunction with a team of other surgeons and medical professionals
Thoracic surgery is a highly specialized field of medicine that provides surgical care for the organs of the chest, including the heart, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm and lymph node. Typically, surgeons who specialize in heart surgery are known as cardiac or cardiovascular surgeons; those that specialize in both areas are often referred to as cardiothoracic surgeons, or simply thoracic surgeons. Nonetheless, general thoracic surgeons typically specialize in the treatment of the lungs, esophagus, chest wall and mediastinum.
General thoracic surgeons are qualified to treat a variety of disorders and diseases affecting the chest and related organs, including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, emphysema, gastroesophageal reflux disease, mesothelioma, swallowing disorders, chest wall tumors, hiatal hernias and hyperhidrosis, among others. Thoracic surgeons are trained to provide surgical operations such as the removal of malignant tissues within the lung (lobectomy or pneumonectomy procedures), thoracoscopy procedures, lung transplant surgery, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) or robotic-assisted thoracoscopic surery (RATS), among many other complicated, often life-saving, procedures.
Thoracic surgeons are typically employed in hospitals, in specialized wings or divisions (commonly called a “Divison of Thoracic Surgery” or “Thoracic Surgery Division”). Often times, thoracic surgeons are part of a multidisciplinary medical team, working closely with referring physicians and other specialists to ensure the highest standard of care for patients, as these types of surgeries can be very stressful on the body.