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Surgical care for chest and lung conditions

Thoracic surgeons at Ascension Wisconsin sites of care deliver advanced surgical care for conditions and cancers of the chest and lungs.

At Ascension Wisconsin, our thoracic surgeons diagnose and treat cancerous and noncancerous diseases and conditions of the throat, chest and lungs with minimally invasive tests and procedures. Your thoracic surgeon is part of a multispecialty care team that includes specialists from pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology, and medical and radiation oncology. We listen to understand you and your health concerns. Then, we work with you to create a surgical care plan that’s right for you.

Your care team helps you understand your condition and explains your treatment options. Whenever possible, thoracic surgeons use minimally invasive surgery. With this type of procedure, your doctor uses small incisions. Minimally invasive surgery may lead to less pain and a shorter recovery. And because smaller incisions are used, there may be reduced scarring and a lower risk for complications such as infection. 

Surgeons at Ascension Wisconsin sites of care also use image-guided technology. By using advanced technology, your surgeon is able to make precise movements during surgery. 

Thoracic surgery may be recommended as part of your care plan for:

  • Airway diseases
  • Benign esophageal diseases
  • Chest tumors
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Mediastinal masses
  • Mesothelioma
  • Paralysis of diaphragm
  • Pleural diseases
  • Rib fractures
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

Meet your multi-specialty care team

Your thoracic surgeons work with other specialists to deliver personalized care. By working as one, multispecialty care team, we provide you a range of advanced treatment options. Your care team may include: 

Michael A. Parish, MD

Michael Parish, MD
Thoracic Surgery, Cancer Care

Burak K. Gurses, MD

Burak Gurses, MD
Pulmonary Medicine

Toni Denise P. Espina, MD

Toni Espina, MD
Pulmonary Medicine

Lung screenings at Ascension Wisconsin

At Ascension Wisconsin, we offer lung screening tests with more detail than the traditional chest X-ray. Learn more about lung screenings at Ascension Wisconsin.

Get a second opinion from a thoracic surgeon

Get the confidence and peace of mind that your doctor and care plan are right for you. It's easy to get a second opinion at Ascension Wisconsin. We can review your medical records and healthcare history to answer your questions and discuss options. Talk with one of our surgeons about a personalized care plan.

When you are facing a new diagnosis and need surgery, there’s a lot to think about. We can discuss both therapeutic or surgical treatment plans. Our team of highly experienced surgeons can provide you with a second opinion based on experience and as part of an integrated national network of care.

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered. We can request your medical records from your doctor on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.

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