Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgery covers the respiratory tract, esophagus, mediastinum and other areas of the chest.

MaineGeneral thoracic surgeons Seth Blank, MD, left, and Alfred Proto, MDIf you need thoracic surgery, you want the comfort of knowing you have a medical team with expertise that delivers compassionate care.

When possible, your surgery will be minimally invasive - for benign and malignant diseases.

MaineGeneral thoracic surgeons have extensive experience in the practice of non-cardiac thoracic surgery and are board certified in both general and cardio-thoracic surgery.

For your convenience, you can be seen by our surgeons at the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta and the Thayer Center for Health in Waterville.

If you are a patient at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, your thoracic surgeon will work closely with you and your cancer team to coordinate your treatment.

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Conditions We Treat

We treat a complete array of diseases of the lung and respiratory tract, including:

  • Benign esophageal disease
  • Chest wall disease
  • Diseases of the airway
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Mediastinal diseases and masses/thymoma
  • Pleural effusions, malignant and benign
  • Pulmonary nodules
  • Rib/sternal trauma and fractures

Services We Provide

Our range of thoracic surgical services includes:

  • Bullectomy for emphysema
  • CT-based lung cancer screening
  • Electromagnetic Navigational Guided Bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Interventional bronchoscopy
  • Pleurx/aspira catheter insertion and management
  • Pulmonary metastatectomy
  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Robotic-assisted thoracoscopy for benign and malignant disease
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopy

“He was very confident, and that made me confident.” - A recent lung cancer patient on Dr. Blank's care

Partnership with Pulmonary

When you have problems related to your lungs and respiratory tract, you want seamless care and support from your medical team.

The thoracic surgeons at MaineGeneral work with MaineGeneral Pulmonary specialists to plan your treatment.

Diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the lungs and the respiratory tract often start with the pulmonologist. The pulmonologist will bring in the thoracic surgeon for consultation when needed and is a referral for your thoracic surgery.

Pulmonologists and respiratory care staff also care for you in critical care if you need mechanical ventilation to assist or replace natural breathing.

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Contact Us

(207) 621-4680

Waterville (Same day surgery only)
(207) 861-5150