Thoracic Surgery


Clinical activity

The Thoracic Surgery Unit deals with the surgical treatment of all diseases, neoplastic and non-neoplastic, affecting the thoracic district (lung, pleura, oesophagus, thymus) and the neck (thyroid, parathyroid, parotid). Specialized in the treatment of pulmonary neoplasms, it prefers the use of minimally invasive techniques in this particular area. In fact, all chest operations are approached, where possible, with the very recent VATS uniportal technique (Video Assisted Toracoscopic Surgery), with the use of a single 3-4 cm access. The use of the VATS technique, thanks to the use of small incisions, results in a reduction in postoperative pain, postoperative hospitalization and earlier return to work without the surgery leaving noticeable scars in the thoracic area.

The close collaboration in force with the area of Endocrinology and Diabetology has meant that over the years a high number of thyroidectomies for neoplastic pathology were performed with a complication rate typical of this surgery (recurrent damage and postoperative hypocalcaemia) of less than 1%.

Thoracic surgery also works in close collaboration with Vascular SurgeryCardiac SurgeryGeriatric careMedical Oncology and Radiation Oncology Units.

Research fields

  • Screening of pulmonary neoplasms using low-dose ionizing radiation spiral CT
  • E-nose: electronic nose and its application in the early diagnosis of pulmonary neoplasms
  • Oncological pulmonary surgery with minimally invasive techniques
  • Prevention of post-surgical hypocalcaemia in thyroid surgery

Clinical and research collaboration