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Thoracic surgery

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What is Thoracic surgery?

Thoracic surgery is the branch of surgery that treats pulmonary pathologies of the thoracic wall, airway, and upper digestive tract. From a technical point of view, it is a demanding intervention area since it requires high-tech equipment, which we have at Fundación Valle del Lili to be able to perform highly complex surgeries on patients who require it. In addition, we offer our users the service of lung transplantation and respiratory ECMO covering the entire territory of southwestern Colombia.

  • Within Fundación Valle del Lili’s Thorax Surgery, we are committed to your health, which is why we carry out highly complex open procedures for multiple cases depending on the needs of each patient. We currently have:

    • Thoracoscopic surgery (through very small and even single incisions) for lung resection and mediastinal pathology surgeries with high-quality surgical instruments.
    • Chest wall surgery, evaluates patients with congenital, traumatic, or tumor diseases that compromise the thoracic cage (ribs and sternum) and, therefore, requires multidisciplinary surgical management for both resections and subsequent reconstruction and restoration of chest wall function.
    • Thoracic sympathectomy by thoracoscopy, indicated for the management of hyperhidrosis (abnormal sweating in hands and armpits) or some types of arrhythmias.
    • Pediatric thoracoscopic surgery, which offers a less invasive surgical management alternative in this age group.

     supports lung oxygenation during recovery.

At Fundación Valle del Lili we give you reasons why you should choose us, that is why we work constantly to bring you the best health service comprehensively and within your reach. In Thoracic Surgery, we differentiate ourselves by:

  • Advanced Pulmonary Disease Program: we work in a multidisciplinary way together with the services of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Adult Pneumology, Pediatric Pneumology, and Thoracic Surgery. It is focused on patients who have very complex lung diseases, in which they are given comprehensive management of their problems.
  • Lung transplant: we have the only lung transplant program that is active in southwestern Colombia, offered for patients who have a terminal lung disease.
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Service (ECMO): it is based on the support of oxygenation of the lungs while the person recovers from a very severe pulmonary pathology such as an asthmatic crisis, pneumonia, and lung transplant.
  • Research: We constantly participate in medical congresses in which the experience in the management of different patients is presented and for which we have been awarded several times for scientific publications in national and international medical journals; We consider research as one of the pillars of our service.

Lung transplantation is a therapy for patients whose lung function has severely deteriorated and who no longer respond to medical management, leading to severe functional disability due to permanent respiratory distress.

Positive aspects of this procedure: Within the Valle del Lili Foundation, we have had this program active for 6 years. In the last 3 years, we have been the hospital that has performed most lung transplants in the country, providing our users with all the technology for the performance and success of this procedurebeing this one of the most complex and requires more technological resources to be carried out.

General considerations: Patients with terminal lung disease should visit the advanced lung disease clinic of the Fundación Valle del Lili, where we offer multidisciplinary and comprehensive management

by professionals trained to treat this type of pathology and offer these patients’ lung transplantation, among other alternatives.

Patients with terminal lung disease should visit to Fundación Valle del Lili’s advanced lung disease clinic, where we offer multidisciplinary and comprehensive management by professionals trained to treat this type of pathology, offering these patients alternatives such as lung transplantation.

A thoracic surgeon should be consulted when a patient has any pathology of the lungs, chest wall, or airway that is amenable to surgical management.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that Fundación Valle del Lili has a group of specialists who are willing to guide you and give you the appropriate instructions to determine if you require chest surgery, or if other procedures better suit your health needs.

  • Álvaro Ignacio Sánchez Ortiz: General Surgeon, Thoracic Surgeon
  • Mauricio Velásquez Galvis: General Surgeon, Thoracic Surgeon

Do you live outside of Colombia?, Are you interested in receiving information about Thoracic surgery at La Fundacin Valle del Lili? contact us at the following link:

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