Benign (Non-Cancerous) Thoracic Conditions
Our team of highly trained thoracic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center performs a wide variety of procedures to treat benign (noncancerous) conditions of the chest for which surgery is the most appropriate treatment. Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive solutions – including thorascopic, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery techniques – to expedite recovery and improve quality of life. Our multidisciplinary team has more experience in treating benign conditions of the chest than any other group in North Texas.
We’re focused on making your experience at UT Southwestern as easy as possible. We collaborate with UT Southwestern gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, head and neck specialists, and other experts to deliver comprehensive care – all in one location and usually available on the same day. Our support staff is specifically trained in thoracic diseases and is committed to helping at every step of your journey with us.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Compared to surgery performed through a long, open-chest incision, minimally invasive thoracic surgery provides several important benefits for patients:
- Faster recovery and return to normal activities
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Little scarring
- Minimal blood loss
- No cutting of the ribs or sternum
We treat benign conditions of the chest that include:
- Airway fistulas (hole in the windpipe)
- Airway stenosis (narrowing of the windpipe)
- Barrett’s esophagus (abnormal lining of the esophagus)
- Benign airway tumors
- Bullous emphysema
- Chest wall disease, including congenital deformities, noncancerous tumors and masses, thoracic outlet syndrome, Paget Schroeder's syndrome, and pectus excavatum and carinatum
- Diaphragm disease, including paralysis, pacing, plication, and congenital diaphragmatic hernia
- End-stage emphysema
- Esophageal dysmotility, such as achalasia and swallowing problems
- Esophageal perforation
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Mediastinal diseases, such as benign tumors and cysts
- Pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart)
- Pleural effusion (fluid around the lung)
- Pulmonary (lung) nodules
- Suspicious lung lesions found on CT lung screening
In addition to standard treatments for benign thoracic conditions, UT Southwestern gives patients access to the most promising new therapies through clinical trials. Talk with your doctor to see if a clinical trial is right for you.
Meet Our Team
UT Southwestern’s team of skilled thoracic surgeons who treat benign conditions of the chest includes:
Learn more about our General Thoracic Surgery Team.
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with a thoracic surgeon at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.