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Thoracic Surgery

Louisville’s Thoracic Surgery Leader

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute’s board-certified and fellowship-trained thoracic surgeons are the leaders in Louisville and Southern Indiana in providing minimally invasive lobectomy and other surgeries in the chest and abdomen.

Our surgeons treat a broad range of conditions affecting the chest and torso, esophagus and lungs, including lung cancer.  Our specialists are sought after for their skill with minimally invasive and robotic-assisted thoracic surgery. They are leaders in new minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment technologies, including the use of cesium-131 brachytherapy cancer treatments.

Patients with some of the most advanced conditions seek out George J. Mikos, M.D., and the thoracic surgery team for their skill, experience and easy access. We offer new patients same-day appointments.

Dr. Mikos, with more than 20 years’ experience as a thoracic surgeon, performs operations at Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Our team performs more specialized thoracic surgeries each year than any other provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Experience and Expertise Across Various Specialties

So many of the body’s functions are primarily located in the chest, and our thoracic surgeons work closely with physicians across Norton Healthcare to bring you complete, multidisciplinary care.

Our team has the experience and expertise to provide a precise diagnosis and determine whether your condition requires surgery or can be treated by other means.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Lung nodules
  • Lung cancer tumors
  • Chest reconstruction
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
  • Esophageal reconstruction
  • Thymus disorders
  • Hiatal hernia and reflux issues
  • Thymic tumors

Comprehensive Lung Care

Norton Cardiothoracic Surgery works closely with Norton Cancer Institute to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary lung care to patients across the Kentucky and Southern Indiana region. Our thoracic surgery team plays a key role for patients who seek care at the Norton Cancer Institute Comprehensive Lung Center to provide surgical interventions as needed for lung nodules, lung tumors and lobectomies.

This multidisciplinary team approach has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, reserved for programs designed to accelerate lung cancer detection and patient treatment by using the most advanced technology available.

Some of the most advanced lung care available includes our ability to offer minimally invasive lung-cancer surgeries (lobectomies) and also partial lobectomies that save part of your lung. Dr. Mikos performs this technique, which results in patients having less pain and the ability to recover in about half the time as conventional surgery.

Care That’s Focused on You

Norton Cardiothoracic Surgery offers the latest in technology, treatments and easy access to care so that you can get back to life as quickly as possible.

  • Minimally invasive procedures can have you home quickly with less pain and faster recovery.
  • We exceed national benchmarks for days spent in hospital following a procedure.
  • Most procedures require one day or less in the hospital, and most patients spend no time in intensive care.
  • Robotic-trained surgeons
  • Our lung cancer screening program includes smoking cessation resources.
  • We offer same-day appointments for new patients.
  • Care is available at any of the four Norton Healthcare adult hospitals.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

Heart and Vascular Care for the Whole Person

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers patient resources to support you and your family, including free classes for people of all ages who are seeking to improve cardiovascular health or living with a heart condition.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Our cardiac rehabilitation providers are leaders in developing and applying innovative techniques that can help you recover and resume your life.

Connecting Hearts Support Group

The group provides education and support to individuals who have had a heart attack, are living with a heart condition or are at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Heart Health Screenings

Prevention is the best way to manage heart disease, and screenings are available to detect early signs of cardiac and vascular disease and identify risk factors.

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

About 250,000 people a year in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Heart & Vascular Institute to treat their heart and vascular conditions. That’s more than any other provider in the area.

  • All four of Norton Healthcare’s adult acute-care hospitals are accredited by the American College of Cardiology’s Accreditation Services as Chest Pain Centers, with the highest accreditation level possible for facilities able to treat heart attacks.
  • We have more than 50 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 35 advanced practice providers. Through training and years of experience, they specialize in areas such as cardiologyinterventional cardiologycardiothoracic surgerythoracic surgery, electrophysiologyadvanced heart failureand vascular surgery.
  • We offer same-day appointments for new patients.
  • We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
  • Norton Healthcare has four adult-service cardiac catheterization labs, with 14 state-of-the-art rooms. Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital have received the highest level of cardiac catheterization accreditation from the American College of Cardiology — offering lifesaving, minimally invasive procedures for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Our cardiothoracic surgeons and electrophysiologists have more experience than any provider in the area performing hybrid ablation for atrial fibrillation (A-fib). This innovative treatment also can help patients who have had persistent A-fib for more than a year that hasn’t responded to other treatments.
  • Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Kentucky to receive the prestigious Mission: Lifeline Regional Trailblazer Award from the American Heart Association for being an innovator in creating a system of care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks — the most severe type of heart attack.
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