Regional thoracic lung specialty care

At Ascension St. Vincent, Indianapolis, IN, our thoracic surgeons provide advanced care for lung and esophageal cancers and diseases of the chest.

Thoracic surgery

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In Indianapolis, the Ascension St. Vincent Thoracic Surgery Program performs more surgeries to treat diseases in the chest than any other group in Indiana.

The expertise of our general thoracic surgeons includes minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery with image-guided technology. These doctors have the tools to treat lung and esophageal cancers using video-assisted thoracic surgical (VATS) procedures. They work closely with the cardiothoracic surgeons at Ascension St. Vincent Heart Center when a patient has a complex heart and lung disease or needs a chest trauma surgeon. Ascension St. Vincent is one of the few thoracic surgery centers in the U.S. performing thymus gland removal using a minimally invasive procedure. For adults who experience persistent, excessive sweating (sometimes due to medication), our surgeons provide the only definitive treatment for hyperhidrosis using video-assisted surgical procedures.

Your doctor may refer you to a thoracic surgery if you are diagnosed with lung cancer, have a chest condition, or medical concerns about your esophagus or airway.

  • Lung and esophageal cancer
  • Lung masses and nodules
  • Chest wall deformity
  • Chronic heartburn (GERD)
  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Pulmonary condition, including emphysema
  • Trouble swallowing

Symptoms that Need Checking: A Persistent Cough

If you are a long-time smoker and have a persistent unproductive cough, Ascension St. Vincent provides painless, low-dose CT lung scans. This lung screening test takes just a few minutes and is proven to detect lung cancer earlier when most treatable.

Coordinating Cancer Care

The Ascension St. Vincent thoracic surgeons lead a multidisciplinary thoracic malignancy clinic. They work in cooperation with cardiologists, pulmonologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists, and your primary care doctor to coordinate the highest standards of care. This group is actively involved in local and national clinical research efforts to ensure that our patients receive innovative yet proven therapies. 

For more information, call 317-583-7600.