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At Lenox Hill Hospital, we are leaders in minimally invasive robotic surgery, a technique that's especially useful when treating lung cancer. Our world-class expertise has earned us the highest quality rating for lung cancer surgery, based on the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) biannual database reporting on overall 3-star ratings for lobectomy for lung cancer (2015-2017). We use minimally invasive techniques such as robotic surgery and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for the vast majority—more than 95%—of our patients to treat a wide variety of thoracic conditions. The advantages of these techniques include quicker recovery, reduced risk of infection and less scarring.

Our team of experts is redefining the standard of care with first-of-their-kind techniques. Under the leadership of Dr. Richard Lazzaro, the physicians at Lenox Hill Hospital are proud to be the first in the world to repair a collapsed trachea using a fully robotic, minimally invasive technique. Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM), a debilitating condition that weakens the airway walls, has been treated historically through open, invasive surgery.

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Lung cancer usually starts in the lining of the bronchi (the main airways of the lungs), but can begin in other areas of the respiratory system.

Esophageal cancer occurs when cancer cells form in the tissues of the esophagus. Every esophageal cancer diagnosis is unique.

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive technique used to diagnose and treat diseases of the lungs, chest and esophagus.

Robotic technologies are used to perform highly precise, minimally invasive surgery. Benefits to patients include less scarring and faster recovery.

Minimally invasive robotic procedure used to treat tracheobronchomalacia (TBM), a condition that weakens the airway walls.

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At Northwell Health, our screening experts are trained in detecting lung cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages—so that you can act before the disease has a chance to spread.

We’ve been ranked for high performance in our specialty for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. We’re proud to be recognized for the exceptional care we provide every day.

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Before symptoms crop up, consider going for an annual screening which can detect lung cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages.

Richard Lazzaro, MD, explains why screening and progressive surgical procedures have improved the outlook for lung cancer patients, who are now living longer and healthier.
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