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Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery at The Medical Center of Aurora

At The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA), we provide expert treatment for numerous lung, esophageal and chest wall conditions through our thoracic surgery program.

Our thoracic program provides advanced care for patients with thoracic malignancies including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, chest wall tumors and mediastinal masses. We develop individualized, multidisciplinary treatment plans as needed for each patient. Our team of surgeons, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists all work together to help ensure the best possible outcomes for each patient based on their unique diagnosis.

Our thoracic program can also assist with the surgical treatment of many benign thoracic conditions such as pleural effusions, lung nodules, diaphragm paralysis, hyperhidrosis and a spectrum of benign conditions affecting the esophagus. Esophageal motility disorders such as achalasia, hiatal hernia and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) can all be treated, often with minimally invasive thoracic surgery techniques.

Our Thoracic Surgery Team

Our leading physicians, outstanding staff and recently upgraded surgical facilities ensure our patients receive excellent care for all thoracic conditions. Our thoracic surgery team leader, Dr. Jenifer Marks, is board-certified in general and thoracic surgery and fellowship trained in cardiothoracic surgery. She has spent time at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the top cancer centers in the country, and treats a wide spectrum of benign and malignant thoracic conditions.

The TMCA Thoracic Surgery Approach

We utilize the most advanced minimally invasive techniques, including video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and laparoscopic procedures to reduce scarring and minimize recovery time after surgery. Sometimes open incisions must be used for various reasons and we will review those options during your office visit. Our team will be there to answer your questions and be sure you understand each step of the process, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery. 

You can expect detailed explanations of your diagnosis and the proposed procedure when you are seen in the office. You will also be given preoperative instructions during your office visit, which will include information on your stay in the hospital after surgery and expectations for your recovery. Each procedure is different and we will do our best to ensure that you understand and are prepared for your surgery.  

Patients also have access to cutting-edge clinical trials for lung and esophageal cancer through TMCA’s partnerships with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute.

Thoracic Conditions Treated at TMCA