At Phelps, you’ll find advanced thoracic surgery expertise

We know that the idea of thoracic (chest) surgery can be scary. You can rest assured that you are in good hands at Phelps Hospital and that the entire care team will develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

Our expert surgeons have been at the forefront of surgical technology and have pioneered new procedures for thoracic surgery. Our team performs both minimally invasive and traditional open surgeries to treat diseases of the chest. This includes procedures for lung surgery, esophageal surgery, anti-reflux surgery, and hernia surgery, among others.

Dr. Darren Rohan is the Westchester Regional Director of the Thoracic Surgery Program and was the first thoracic surgeon in the United States to use the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System for chest surgery.

Dr. Darren Rohan

Phelps Hospital uses state-of-the-art surgical technology

The da Vinci Xi robot is used for minimally invasive procedures, which let your doctor operate through a few tiny cuts instead of one large opening. This type of procedure has benefits for both you and your doctor. Having a robot-assisted surgery may help you recover faster, experience less pain, and you may be able to go home from the hospital sooner.

Using the robot’s camera allows your doctor to see a 3-D image of your lungs or chest area, which is magnified 10 times greater than what can be seen with a person’s normal vision. Your surgeon’s hands also have precise control over the tiny tools that are attached to the robot’s arm. Learn more about robotic surgery and explore FAQs.

Robotic surgery is less invasive and can mean reduced pain and a quicker recovery time.

Learn more about thoracic surgery at Phelps or request a consultation

Contact us

What is robotic surgery?
Phelps offers on-site imaging and radiology services
5 benefits of robotic surgery
Because robotic surgery is less invasive, you may experience:

- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Smaller incisions & less scarring
- A quicker recovery time
- A shorter hospital stay

What types of robotic thoracic procedures can be done at Phelps Hospital?

Phelps Hospital and Northwell Health are among only a few hospitals or health systems that offer a broad range of robotic thoracic procedures.

After robotic surgery at Phelps, you’ll stay in the newly renovated private rooms on the 3 North wing of the hospital.

Lung surgery
A lobectomy [loh-bek-tuh-mee] involves removing a section of the lung. This is a common treatment for lung cancer. A minimally invasive approach is usually taken for early-stage lung cancer. A pneumonectomy [noo-muh-nek-tuh-mee] is surgery to remove the whole lung.
Esophagus and throat surgery
Your esophagus is the tube that carries food from your throat to your stomach. To treat severe conditions affecting your esophagus, surgeons at Phelps perform a procedure called an esophagectomy [i-sof-e-jek-te-me] which removes all or part of your esophagus. Your surgeon can then rebuild your esophagus using part of your stomach or large intestine. Some conditions treated include:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Achalasia [ak-uh-ley-zhuh], which is a severe condition that can make it hard to swallow because of nerve damage in your esophagus. This condition can be treated with a procedure called a Heller myotomy [mahy-ot-uh-mee], which helps keep the valve between your esophagus and stomach open to allow food to get into your stomach
  • Barrett’s esophagus, which is a serious complication of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux
  • Myasthenia gravis (MG) [mahy-uh-s-thee-nee-uh], which is a neuromuscular disease in which the immune system attacks the connections between muscles and nerves. This can make it difficult to speak and swallow. Surgical treatment of this condition is called a thymectomy [thahy-mek-tuh-mee]
Hernia surgery
A hiatal hernia is a condition that happens when the top part of your stomach bulges through an opening in your diaphragm. Your diaphragm is the muscle between your esophagus and your stomach. When you have a hiatal hernia, stomach acid can flow back into your esophagus and can cause severe heartburn. Heartburn is also known as gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Doctors can perform a minimally invasive procedure to fix a hiatal hernia.
Other procedures
Surgeons also perform sympathectomy [sim-puh-thek-tuh-mee] to treat hyperhidrosis [hahy-per-hi-droh-sis] (excessive sweating), intra-thoracic biopsies and pleural surgery which is surgery in the space between your lungs and the walls of your chest.