Lung & Thoracic Services - PIH Health - Whittier, CA

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Lung & Thoracic Services

Health conditions that affect the lungs and areas of the chest except the heart are treated by lung and thoracic (chest) doctors and specialists. Your chest is the area of your body between your neck and your abdomen. Organs and structures inside the chest include the heart, lungs, esophagus, ribs and breastbone. The pleura, a large thin sheet of tissue, lines the chest cavity and aids in breathing.

Your Partner for Lung & Thoracic Care

At PIH Health, our lung and thoracic experts diagnose and treat the full range of health conditions affecting the lungs and chest cavity. We also work closely with our heart and vascular specialists to provide comprehensive care for the heart, blood vessels, lungs, organs and bones in the chest. Our cooperative approach means you get the most complete care possible for your specific situation.

Conditions We Treat

The cardiothoracic specialists PIH Health treat chest-related conditions such as:

  • Collapsed lung
  • Lung diseases and conditions
    • Asthma, including our Pediatric Asthma Care program
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Pneumonia
    • Tuberculosis
    • Lung cancer
  • Esophagus disorders, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysms
  • Conditions of the mediastinum (the space between the lungs, breastbone and spine)
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Bleeding into the chest cavity
  • Buildup of air or gas in the chest cavity

Lung & Thoracic Services & Treatments

Our board-certified physicians deliver top-quality lung and thoracic services and treatments, including:

  • Lung resection
  • Lung Cancer Screening
  • Lung biopsy
  • Lung reduction
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Lung pleurodesis
  • Lung decortication
  • Bleb resection/stapling
  • Pericardial window
  • Trachea and esophagus surgery
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)

You benefit from our use of advanced technologies and procedures through a shorter stay in the hospital, fewer complications and improvements in your quality of life.

One-of-a-Kind Lung Surgery

Typical lung surgery requires a large opening in the chest wall, which can be painful and take a long time to heal. One of our skilled surgeons, Dr. Eduardo A. Tovar, FACS—who’s also Medical Director at PIH Health—developed a revolutionary lung surgery technique that’s performed only at PIH Health.

The advanced procedure uses just a small opening between two ribs to reach the lungs with a tiny surgical instrument. A miniature video camera within the special tool allows our surgeons to see the area clearly and precisely guide their movements. Benefits include less pain and faster recovery. Most patients go home the same day they have the surgery.

Related Services

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Get Help Today

Ask your doctor for a referral to work with our experts in lung and thoracic services at PIH Health. To get more information or schedule an appointment, call 562.789.5489.

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