Every moment of every day, your lungs take in oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the body. The lungs are part of the respiratory system, which includes the airways, blood vessels and muscles that expand and contract when you breathe. AnMed Health physicians diagnose and treat all kinds of lung conditions, but the main reason people undergo surgery is to treat lung cancer. Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in both Oconee and Pickens counties and the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Anderson County.
Detecting lung cancer in its early stages is difficult because it spreads quickly and many lesions are hard to see or reach. Traditionally, when doctors identify a suspicious lesion they perform a bronchoscopy, a needle biopsy or major surgery to remove a section of the lung. But as technology advances so are the tools available to help doctors diagnose and treat lung cancer.
Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems in the chest. Doctors use a tiny camera inserted through small incisions in the chest. The camera sends images of the inside of the chest onto a video monitor, guiding the surgeon in performing the procedure. VATS can be used for many procedures, from taking a biopsy to removing tumors or entire lobes from the lung.
AnMed Health also offers the Veran SPiN Drive®, which uses the lung’s natural airways as roadways leading to a lesion deep inside the lungs. Similar to the GPS system in a car, the SPiN Drive enables physicians to locate and biopsy a lesion without ever leaving the airway. The SPiN Drive system can reach further into the lungs than a traditional bronchoscope for a quicker diagnosis and better treatment options.
Our surgeons also treat lung cancer surgically and use tissue-sparing techniques whenever possible. Treatment for lung cancer may also include radiation and chemotherapy. Learn more about treatment options for lung cancer.
Before and after surgery, many people dealing with lung problems can benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation. Learn more about the services available at AnMed Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation.