Thoracic surgery is a medical specialty devoted to the treatment of diseases and conditions that occur within the chest cavity. Thoracic surgeons treat and operate on conditions that occur in organs such as the lungs, esophagus, airways, thymus as well as in the bony structures and tissues that form the chest cavity.
When seeking treatment for a thoracic condition, it is important to consider a surgeon’s knowledge of the most up-to-date principles in thoracic surgery as well as their expertise in the latest surgical techniques. Led by renowned thoracic surgeons Ali Mahtabifard, MD and Clark Fuller, MD, West Coast Associates for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery is devoted to providing high quality patient-centered care using cutting-edge treatments within a state-of-the-art facility.
Minimally invasive thoracic surgery (VATS) is often the most effective treatment option for a variety of thoracic diseases and offers substantial benefits to patients over traditional open surgery. During a thorough consultation, our surgeons can help determine the best course of treatment for your condition using the most advanced medical knowledge and surgical technique known to the field of thoracic surgery.
State-of-the-Art Treatment for Thoracic Conditions
The West Coast Associates for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery offers advanced physician expertise and medical technology to provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for all diseases of the chest, including:
- Lung Cancer
- Lung Cancer Staging
- Solitary Pulmonary Nodule (SPN)
- Metastases of other Cancers to the Lungs
- Malignant Pleural Effusion
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Thymic Cancer
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Esophageal Cancer
- Esophageal Motility Disorders such as Achalasia
- Esophageal Stricture
- Hiatal Hernia
- Hyperhidrosis (Excessive sweating)
- Diseases of the chest wall including Chest Wall Tumors
- Diseases of the trachea and airway
- Paralysis of the diaphragm
- Mediastinal Tumors
- Pneumothorax (Collapsed Lung)
Contact a Los Angeles Thoracic Surgeon
The West Coast Associates for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery is a Los Angeles-based center dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of diseases and conditions within the chest cavity using the most advanced equipment and surgical techniques available. Our renowned thoracic surgeons, Ali Mahtabifard, MD and Clark Fuller, MD, have trained at the country’s most prestigious medical institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and have combined over 25 years of practice experience in minimally invasive thoracic surgery.
To learn more about a specific thoracic condition and our treatment approach, or to schedule your initial consultation with a Los Angeles thoracic surgeon, please call 310.854.0909 or fill out our online contact form.
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