Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Chest Surgery Page. Chest surgery at Mayo Clinic (also known as thoracic surgery) involves the organs of the chest, but extends to the esophagus (tube between mouth and stomach), the trachea (airway) and the chest wall (rib cage and breastbone).
Follow this page to stay up-to-date on clinical trial research, patient stories and useful information for all of your thoracic needs. Our goal is to connect you to others to become informed decision makers. Post a comment and share your thoughts.
Originally Posted on Mayo Clinic News Center; May 4, 2018
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Every 2½ minutes, someone is told that he or she has the disease.
To help defeat lung cancer and support research [...]
Originally Published April 9, 2018
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Patients in communities in southern Minnesota and across the state soon will have better access to new cancer treatments and enhanced care delivery, thanks to a new state-funded partnership involving the University of Minnesota, [...]
You may find that cancer or cancer treatment has affected your sense of taste. Food may seem to lack flavor or taste too sweet, salty or metallic.
Usually these changes are temporary and will improve with time. In the meantime, do what you can [...]
Published in the STS Meeting Bulletin
Dr. Shanda Blackmon had the opportunity to pitch her idea for Blackmon-Mayo Buttressing Anastomotic
Device, designed to prevent anastomotic leaks at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons annual conference. Dr. Blackmon is one of many Mayo Clinic providers working to create new technologies [...]
Chest surgery often results in an inpatient hospital stay. For that reason, we have created a couple of tool-kits to serve as resources as you plan for your upcoming surgery (applies to many surgical types):
Introduction to your inpatient hospital unit
Surgical packing list