Why Choose Thoracic & Vascular Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital?

Your Health. Your Hospital

The thoracic and vascular surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital have vast experience in diagnosing and treating thoracic and vascular diseases. Our hospital has state of the art equipment and technology that will guarantee the success of your surgery. We will provide you with the healthcare you need in a calm and compassionate environment.

Prompt Intervention. Fast Recovery

Thoracic surgery is performed to treat conditions and diseases affecting the lungs and the surrounding areas within the chest cavity. The lungs are one of the most important organs in our body, as they constantly provide oxygen to the brain, thereby keeping us alive and in good health. However, numerous diseases can occur within the lungs, the most serious being lung cancer. In this case, the purpose of thoracic surgery is to remove the malignant tumors from the lungs so as to prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of the body. However, there are other pulmonary conditions and diseases for which you may need thoracic surgery, such as:

  • emphysema
  • achalasia
  • strictures
  • esophageal cancer
  • gastroesophageal reflux
  • pleural effusion
  • mesothelioma
  • pneumothorax
  • excessive sweating
  • airway narrowing
  • myasthenia gravis
  • benign tumors

Vascular surgery concerns the vascular system, which consists of arteries, veins, and lymphatic vessels. There are multiple conditions that can affect our vascular system, the most common being carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery disease, and stroke. However, a vascular surgeon can treat these diseases by performing traditional or minimally invasive procedures. Some of the most common vascular conditions and diseases our talented surgeons can treat are:

  • aortic dissection
  • atherosclerosis
  • chronic venous insufficiency
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • fibromuscular disease
  • lymphedema
  • peripheral aneurism
  • pulmonary embolism
  • giant cell arteritis
  • vascular infection
  • renovascular conditions
  • mesenteric ischemia

If you struggle with a disease that affects your lungs or vascular system, seeking medical attention as soon as possible is crucial, as timely intervention decreases the chances of health complications during or following the surgery. Depending on the severity of your condition, our surgeons will employ traditional or minimally invasive procedures to treat your disease and restore your health. Regardless of the surgery you need to undergo, you can rest assured our experienced thoracic and vascular surgeons will deliver the most satisfactory results. After the completion of your surgery, our medical team will closely supervise you and regularly check your vital signs to ensure a fast recovery without complications.

Our Skilful Thoracic Surgeons Perform Minimally Invasive Surgery

The role of thoracic surgery is to treat or improve conditions and diseases that occur within the chest cavity, affecting organs and areas such as the lungs, the esophagus, the airways, the chest wall, the diaphragm, and the larynx. Approximately 80% of thoracic surgeries are performed to remove malignant tumors from the lungs. At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we often employ minimally invasive thoracic procedures when the situation allows so that our patients can experience minimal postoperative discomfort and a rapid recovery. The surgical procedures we perform at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital include:

  • lung volume reduction
  • chest reconstruction
  • treatment of myasthenia gravis
  • sympathectomy
  • plication
  • tracheal resection
  • lung transplant
  • stent insertion
  • lobectomy
  • segmentectomy
  • wedge resection
  • sleeve resection
  • sublobar resection
  • VATS lobectomy
  • esophagectomy

Undergo Vascular Surgery with Low Risks of Postoperative Complications

Vascular surgery is performed to treat conditions and disease which affect veins, arteries, and lymphatic vessels. Their normal functioning is vital, as they carry oxygen to the brain, as well as to your entire body, in the absence of which you will lose your life. Whether your condition can be treated without surgery, it is still a good idea to be examined by a vascular surgeon, as they specialize in the diagnosis of these diseases and can provide you with a thorough examination and a correct diagnosis. The majority of vascular conditions can be treated by using minimally invasive procedures, which promotes a faster recovery time, minimal scarring, and reduced postoperative discomfort. The vascular surgical procedures our surgeons perform include, but are not limited to:

  • aortoenteric fistula repair
  • carotid artery stenting
  • aortic aneurysm repair
  • endovascular reconstruction
  • inferior vena cava filter retrieval
  • laser ablation
  • open vascular reconstruction
  • renal artery bypass
  • thrombectomy
  • radiofrequency ablation
  • celiac artery bypass
  • arteriovenous malformation surgery
  • thoracic duct embolization
  • aortocaval fistula repair
  • vein removal

Frequently Asked Questions

If the patient is diagnosed with lung cancer, several exams are required in order to see where the cells spread and determine the stage of the cancer. Some of the tests required prior to lobectomy are CT scans, chest x-rays, blood tests, a complete physical exam, PET scans, an electrocardiogram, pulmonary function tests.

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Certain symptoms might announce that you are at risk of developing postoperative complications.

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After this type of intervention, it is important to follow up with your doctor because he or she has to evaluate your recovery. Based on your symptoms and how well you are healing, your doctor will be able to provide you with the most appropriate guidelines for each stage of your recovery. You will see your doctor again for the first time after the surgery in 2-4 weeks.

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After thoracic surgery, your body needs to heal so you will have to take some time off work. At first, you will not be able to perform all the range of activities you used to before the surgery. During your follow-up, you will learn what new activities you can resume. Your doctor will be able to answer this question after evaluating your recovery.

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Following thoracic surgery, you should look out for certain signs that might be a sign of complications.

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