Thoracoscopy is a diagnostic and sometimes theraputic procedure performed by a lung specialist or pulmonologist. The lung specialist performing this procedure should be trained in performing invasive procedures. The purpose of thoracosopy procedure is to look in the space inside the chest but outside the lungs. There is another procedure called bronchoscopy which is also performed by the lung specialist. The difference in thoracoscopy and bronchoscopy is that in bronchoscopy pulmonologist will see inside the lungs unlike thoracoscopy where the specialist doctor sees outside the lungs. This is also part of Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery. Thoracoscopy is done with a thoracoscope, a thin, flexible tube with a light and a small video camera on the end. The tube is put in through a small cut made near the lower end of the shoulder blade between the ribs.
Thoracoscopy is done for diagnosis as well as treating a problem. The reasons may include:
Lung Biopsy to diagnose lung cancer
Surgery to remove the small lung tumour or performing lung volume reduction
As a procedure to remove excess fluid from the lungs
Surgery for reducing excessive sweating
Surgery to treat esophageal disorders or problems of food pipe
Repairing Hiatus Hernia
Procedure to remove part of esophegus or food pipe
Thoracoscopy can be a good option for people who are not good candidates for open surgery due to health concerns. However, it may not be appropriate for people who have had chest surgery previously.
Dr Kuldeep Kumar is one of the best and most extensively trained lung specialist and pulmonologist in Gurgaon. He is one of the very few pulmonologists who are trained in performing procedures like bronchoscopy and thoracoscopy in Gurgaon, India. The cost of Bronchoscopy ranges between Rs. 35,000 - 1,50,000 depending upon the purpose for which this procedure is being done.
Thoracosocpy is done under general anaesthesia and the patient has to be admitted to the hospital for doing the procedure. Dr Kuldeep Kumar would give a small incision under the shoulder blade in the rib cage from which the entire procedure would be done. The patient stays in the hospital for a minimum of 24 hours.
Dr Kuldeep Kumar is the Chief Pulmonologist and Incharge of ICU at CK Birla Hospital, Sector-51, Gurgaon. His consultation fee is Rs. 1000 and the timing for consultation is from 11 am - 3 pm. Dr. Kuldeep Kumar is also available for consultation at Miracles Mediclinic, Sector-14 from 5 pm - 6 pm in the evening for the patients who are still scared of going to big hospitsls.
We have developed the most advanced Pulmonology department at CK Birla Hospital which is fully equipped to take care of all kinds of Pulmonary conditions.
We have the most advanced Intensive Care Unit equipped with the latest Ventilators, Monitors and other Life Saving Equipments. Our services run round the clock so that we are there when you need us the most.
Dr Kuldeep Kumar
Chief Pulmonologist and Critical Care Specialist
CK Birla Hospital, Gurgaon
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