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 and esophagus, as well as in the bony structures and tissues that form the chest cavity.

Leading Experts in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

The field of thoracic surgery has seen great advances in recent years due to the development of cutting-edge, minimally invasive surgicaltechniques. Having trained at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world, Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller are uniquely qualified to perform the most advanced thoracic procedures. Click here to learn more about the best Los Angeles thoracic surgeon.

Our surgeons utilize minimally invasive thoracic surgery, also known as video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), to treat a variety of conditions within the chest cavity. While many of these procedures are performed at other medical centers using traditional open surgical techniques, our surgeons’ minimally invasive approach offers significant benefits to our patients. Advantages of VATS over traditional open surgery include decreased post-operative pain, reduced length of hospital stay, a lower risk of complications, and less scarring.

Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller have expertise in the following procedures for the treatment of a variety of thoracic conditions affecting the lungs, esophagus, and other components of the chest cavity:

  • Video-Assisted (VATS procedure) Lobectomy
  • VATS Wedge Resection & Biopsy
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS)
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Chamberlain Procedure
  • Endo-bronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) with lymph node biopsy
  • Navigational Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchial Sleeve Resection
  • Mediastinal Tumor Resection
  • Decortication for Empyema
  • Mechanical Pleurodesis and Pleurectomy
  • Talc Pleurodesis
  • Chest Wall Surgery
  • VATS First Rib Resection
  • Trans-axillary First Rib Resection
  • Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)
  • Nissen Fundoplication
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Esophagectomy
  • Esophageal Stenting
  • Airway Stenting
  • Airway & Esophageal Laser/ Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Thymectomy
  • VATS Thoracic Sympathectomy (Hyperhidrosis)

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 conditions within the chest cavity. Our world 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. Having combined over 25 years of practice experience in Beverly Hills thoracic surgery, our surgeons are able to offer patients the most advanced medical knowledge and surgical techniques available with exceptional results.

To learn more about our treatment approach to a specific thoracic condition, 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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