Thoracic Surgery

As a member of the Middlesex Hospital Surgical Alliance, board-certified thoracic surgeon, Alicia McKelvey, M.D., is performing the most advanced surgical procedures to treat a variety of conditions of the chest, lungs, esophagus and surrounding organs. 

The most common thoracic condition diagnosed and treated at Middlesex Hospital is lung cancer. It is the second most common cancer in men and women, and the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. It is estimated there will be nearly 225,000 new cases of lung cancer and nearly 160,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2016 alone.

Dr. McKelvey is actively involved in the Total Lung Care Program at the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center. And, for especially complex cases, she has access to the knowledge of some of the top cancer specialists in the world at Mayo Clinic. So, you can be sure you’re getting the best lung cancer care without having to travel far from home.

Lung Cancer Screening

Early detection of lung cancer is critically important in determining your treatments and how successful they will be. There are several tests your doctor may use to determine whether or not you have lung cancer, including X-rays, CT Scans and biopsies. However, since early-stage lung cancer often shows no symptoms, early detection through our Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program provides the best chance for a cure.

da Vinci® Robot-assisted Thoracic Surgery

Dr. McKelvey performs thoracic surgeries using the most advanced techniques, including minimally invasive and robot-assisted procedures. By using the da Vinci® robot to perform a lobectomy—the removal of the lobe of the lung that has cancer—she is able to do the surgery with much smaller incisions and no need to spread the ribs to access the lungs. Unlike a traditional thoracotomy, which requires larger incisions, the robot-assisted procedure can be done with less pain, less blood loss, fewer complications and a shorter recovery time. 

If you do require surgery, your doctors will determine the type that is right for you, and it will usually take place in combination with radiation or chemotherapy treatments.

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