Chest Surgery

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).

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May 20, 2014

When Surgery Is On Your Summer Travel Itinerary: Mayo Clinic Expert Offers 5 Tips for a Safe Trip

By Stephen D. Cassivi, M.D., @StephenCassiviMD


If chest surgery is on your summer travel schedule, you may be wondering whether it is safer to return home by car, train, bus or plane. A new Mayo Clinic study found that, contrary to conventional wisdom, air travel is just as safe as ground travel after chest surgery, and there is often no reason to wait for weeks after an operation to fly home. Study lead author Stephen Cassivi, M.D. , a Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon, offers five tips for safer, more comfortable travel home after surgery.

Full article at Mayo Clinic News Network

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