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Thoracic Surgery

Billings Clinic thoracic surgeons perform operations on the lungs, chest cavity and chest wall. Your care is discussed at the Lung Cancer Tumor Board and Lung Conference, which brings together the expertise of multiple specialists in reviewing patient's treatment plan.

Schedule an Appointment

You or your physician may give us a call to schedule your thoracic surgery consultation or appointment. 

Toll-free: 1-800-332-7156
Local: 406-238-2500

By working together, we can provide coordinated care that’s individualized to each patient.

We schedule needed tests and visits with physician specialists all in one day. Care team members you may meet with include:

  • Surgeons
  • Oncologists
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Patient Care Navigators

For answers to any of your questions or for more information, please visit with members of your thoracic surgery care team.

Thoracic surgery procedures

Billings Clinic thoracic surgeons provide surgical evaluation and treatment for pulmonary, chest cavity and chest wall conditions related to:

  • Surgical treatment of cancer
  • Collapsed lung repair
  • Removal of diseased or infected lung tissue
  • Treatment of pulmonary embolism (blood clot located in an artery of the lungs)
  • Treatment of fluid buildup around the lungs
  • Advanced techniques such as Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS), robotic-assisted surgery and minimally-invasive are utilized when appropriate.

da Vinci Surgical procedures

Some thoracic surgical procedures at Billings Clinic are performed utilizing the da Vinci surgical system: 

  • Robotic Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery – removal of a lobe of the lung (Lobectomy)
  • Removal of part of the lung (Wedge Resection)
  • Lung biopsy
  • Biopsy of membrane tissue around the lung (Pleural biopsy )
  • Creating an opening in the membrane that surrounds the heart (also known as the pericardial window )
  • Removal of the thymus gland (Thymectomy)

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