Thoracic Surgery in Monterey County
Lung & Respiratory Operations
There’s no question that when a doctor recommends thoracic surgery
it is a necessary, potentially life-saving operation. Lung issues are
nothing to take lightly. At Salinas Valley Medical Clinic (SVMC), we realize
you may be feeling nervous about an upcoming operation. We have gone above
and beyond to outfit our experienced thoracic surgeons with cutting-edge
technology that is safe and effective in treating lung conditions.
Preparing for Surgery
Before recommending surgery, a doctor will evaluate your physical fitness
to determine if your body can handle the operation. This may include an
exercise test, blood analysis, and cardiac evaluation. If you are a candidate
for surgery, the doctor will schedule your operation and review instructions
on how to prepare. This includes abstaining from food and drink 12 hours
before the surgery.
Conditions That Require Surgery
There are certain conditions which almost always require thoracic surgery
in order to recover.
Common conditions that require surgery:
Lung cancer – Lung cancer is a particularly aggressive form of cancer, and surgery is
one of the most effective means we have of treating it. If a tumor is
found early, a doctor will probably recommend surgery as soon as possible
to remove the cancerous area before it has a chance to spread. Surgery
is not typically recommended for patients in which the cancer has already
metastasized (moved to other parts of the body).
Injury – If a heavy blow to the chest makes it difficult to breathe, something in
your lungs or throat may have been damaged. If a diagnostic imaging test
shows damage, a doctor may recommend surgery so that they can manually
repair the structures.
Emphysema – Though usually managed with medication and noninvasive treatment, severe
cases of emphysema may require a doctor to perform surgery so the patient
can breathe easier. Postoperative care is designed to help you manage
the condition and prevent the need for another operation.
You may be required to stay in the hospital for a few days after your operation
where specially trained nurses and medical professionals facilitate your
recovery. Doctors will monitor you for complications, and once you are
found to be in good health you are free to return home. At SVMC, we encourage
patients to ask questions and let us know any concerns they have about
surgery. Stressing about your operation too much can actually interfere
with your recovery, so it is best to learn as much as you can in order
to feel comfortable and confident.