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Thoracic Surgery

LHCH Thoracic Surgery Team

At Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, we have one of the largest and busiest specialist thoracic (chest) surgical units in the country.  

Thoracic surgery is the surgical speciality that involves the bony thorax, consisting of ribs and sternum, as well as the pleural cavity, consisting of the pleura, lungs and pericardium. It also deals with surgical diseases of the mediastinum such as the thymus gland. A large proportion of thoracic surgery is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Surgery on the heart and aorta are carried out by cardiac surgery.  Transplantation is not available at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.

The majority of operations are carried out using minimally invasive techniques (keyhole surgery) such as VATS (video assisted thorascopic surgery) and RATS (robotic surgery). Most of the work is elective (planned surgery) however urgent and emergency work is carried out including surgery for patients who have sustained chest trauma.  

About Us
  • There are five highly skilled surgeons providing a comprehensive service across the region.
  • Our thoracic surgical team is complemented by a multi-disciplinary approach to treating and providing care for thoracic patients.  The wider team includes respiratory physicians, oncologists, specialist nurses, ward based advanced clinical practitioners, pain team, specialist physiotherapist, ward-based pharmacists and dietitians.
  • The surgical team works collaboratively with other specialists across the region including thyroid, ear, nose and throat (ENT), breast and plastic surgeons to provide the best patient care possible.
  • The Trust has a well-established preoperative, peri operative and post operative pathway integrating specialist nurses at each stage with a follow up system provided by the multi-disciplinary team.
  • At LHCH, there is great emphasis on ensuring a high standard of cancer service performance is maintained.  The hospital continues to be a top performer in resection rates, wait times and reducing re-admissions to hospital.
  • We have a dedicated thoracic ward ‘Oak Ward’ within the hospital.  Within the ward there is a gym facility to aid rehabilitation, recovery and discharge specifically for thoracic service users. 
  • The team also have access to the latest technology and equipment to improve the patient experience such as the robot.