treats diseases affecting the thorax, or chest, including the
lungs, esophagus and chest wall.
Lee Memorial Health System
is on the cutting-edge of thoracic surgery. Dr. Paul DiGiorgi,
practicing through LMHS, became the first thoracic surgeon in
Southwest Florida to perform formal lung lobectomies, actively
removing a large part of the lung, through the less invasive
VATS lung lobectomy procedure.
Many of the same operations
that used to require opening the chest completely can now be
done by use of a scope. Many lung problems, such as lung
resections, draining fluid or biopsies, qualify for the VATS
lung procedure, although severely large tumors or removals of
the chest wall may still call for open thoracic surgeries.