The purpose of thoracic surgery is to treat diseased or injured organs in the chest (thorax), including the esophagus (muscular tube that
passes food to the stomach), trachea (windpipe that branches to form the right bronchus and the left bronchus), pleura (membranes that cover and protect the lung), mediastinum (area separating the left and right lungs), chest wall, diaphragm, and lungs.

The most common diseases requiring thoracic surgery include lung cancer, chest trauma, esophageal cancer, and GERD.

Dr. Malone is committed to providing innovative and safe alternatives to traditional open surgery. Whether using state-of-the-art robotic-assisted technology (da Vinci) or video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), he can perform complex and delicate procedures through small incisions with unmatched precision.

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery can include:

  • Small incisions
  • Less pain
  • Low risk of infection
  • Short hospital stay
  • Quick recovery time
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss

Dr. Malone also performs miraDry® treatments which is a new generation of technology only available in physician’s offices for the permanent elimination of underarm excessive sweat, odor glands and hair.

While minimally invasive surgery effectively reduces time and gives surgeons greater control, it isn’t for everyone. Sometimes traditional open surgery provides better access to the area to be treated, and sometimes a patient’s age, physical condition and surgical history may necessitate open surgery.

Thoracic Procedures and Operations

The following is a list of the primary thoracic procedures and operations commonly performed by Athens Vein and Thoracic Specialists. Click on each for detailed information.

Dr. Malone conducts all general thoracic surgical procedures at the highly rated St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens, Ga.