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Ochsner Medical Center Introduces Two Thoracic Surgeons with State-of-the-Art Experience

This fall, the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana welcomed two experienced board-certified general thoracic surgeons with state-of-the-art minimally invasive and robotic surgery experience: Dr. Alberto de Hoyos and Dr. Brian L. Pettiford. Their specialties include airway surgery including tracheal resection and stenting, surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, lung, chest wall, mediastinum, and mesothelioma. Ochsner will be one of only a handful of centers that treats both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma.

Drs. de Hoyos and Pettiford Bring Minimally Invasive and Robotic Thoracic Surgery Expertise to Ochsner

The addition of Drs. de Hoyos and Pettiford adds another department to the list of specialists using robotic surgery at Ochsner. Drs. de Hoyos and Pettiford are trained and Board Certified in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery. In addition, both are Fellowship trained in Minimally Invasive Thoracic and Foregut Surgery. Ochsner Medical Center is a leader in minimally invasive robotic surgery and serves as a training site for the technique.

Previously, Dr. de Hoyos was Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery and Complex Airway Surgery at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pettiford, who was previously a Thoracic Surgical Oncologist at WellSpan Health in York, Pennsylvania, was one of the first surgeons in the state to use a minimally invasive procedure called video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) combined with brachytherapy to treat lung cancer.

What is Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery uses techniques and technology that cause less injury to the body as compared to open surgery. As a result, patients typically experience less pain, reduced scarring and faster recovery. As technology has evolved, more medical conditions have become eligible for minimally invasive surgery such as removal of lung tumors, cancer of the esophagus and tumors of the mediastinum.

Some significant technological advances in minimally invasive surgery have included using tiny video cameras to enhance the physician’s view of the surgical field and robotic surgery, which uses very small tools attached to a robotic arm controlled by the surgeon. These tools allow surgeons to operate effectively through a small incision.

Drs. de Hoyos and Pettiford Join Multidisciplinary Cancer Treatment Team

Drs. de Hoyos and Pettiford also bring many years of experience in Thoracic Oncology to Ochsner’s award-winning multidisciplinary Cancer Center. Thoracic Oncology care at Ochsner Medical Center combines clinical expertise, cutting-edge research, advanced medical technologies and active clinical trials to offer every patient the most appropriate therapies to treat their disease.

Louisiana is one of the states with the highest incidence of lung cancer in the U.S. According to a report published by Louisiana Tumor Registry, lung cancer and mesothelioma account for almost one out of six new cancer diagnoses and one out of three cancer deaths in Louisiana.

At Oschner Medical Center, mesothelioma and lung cancer are treated at The Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Clinic, which is housed in The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center. Drs. de Hoyos and Pettiford lead a multidisciplinary team that includes experts across many specialties including thoracic surgery, pulmonology, medical and radiation oncology, radiology and pathology. A dedicated team of clinical specialists collaborates to ensure that every patient benefits from a personalized, coordinated and compassionate treatment plan. In addition, physicians collaborate with oncology nurses, social workers, researchers, and other health care professionals to provide comprehensive cancer care.

The Ochsner Heath System is one of the largest independent academic hospitals and health center groups in the United States and Louisiana’s largest non-profit health system.

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