Thoracic Disorders and Treatment | Loyola Medicine

Thoracic Disorders

Experts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Thoracic Disorders

Doctors at Loyola Medicine are expert at diagnosing and treating a wide variety of thoracic disorders in pediatric and adult patients. 

Thoracic disorders are conditions of the heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus, chest wall, diaphragm and great vessels and may include:

Whether your disorder is the result of a congenital birth defect or an acquired condition, Loyola’s multidisciplinary team of thoracic specialists will provide expert diagnosis, treatment and care.

Why Choose Loyola for Thoracic Disorder Treatment?

Loyola’s cardiology and heart surgery program is nationally recognized for our diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular conditions. We work with you to help you understand your condition and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

How are Thoracic Disorders Diagnosed?

Thoracic disorders often require a team approach to diagnosis. Your medical history, health evaluation, and symptoms could indicate the presence of a thoracic disorder. Your symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Hypoxemia
  • Paralysis

While these symptoms can be indicative of a thoracic disorder, additional tests will need to be conducted to definitively diagnose your specific condition. Many of these tests are conducted by Loyola’s advanced cardiovascular imaging team and may include:

How are Thoracic Disorders Treated?

There are many different treatment options for thoracic disorders, and your team at Loyola is committed to developing a plan that is right for you. Depending on the severity of your disease, your treatment options may include lifestyle changes, medicines and surgical medical procedures. Your treatment options that may include:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchus surgery
  • Clagett’s window
  • Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS)
  • Epigastric hernia repair
  • Esophageal surgery
  • Heller myotomy
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery
  • Lobectomy
  • Lung transplant
  • Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS)
  • Mediastinal surgery
  • Pericardial window
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Robotically assisted lung resection surgery
  • Surgical treatment of hyperhidrosis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thymectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery