Pneumothorax With or Without Emphysema

At Yale Thoracic Surgery, our surgeons offer a full complement of procedures to deal with benign conditions of the lung, such as pneumothorax. Spontaneous pneumothorax usually results from the disruption of small blister-like formations (blebs or bullae) around the lungs. The causes of pneumothorax are varied and include smoking or pathology from other diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema. Occasionally, spontaneous pneumothorax develops naturally, particularly in tall, thin individuals. To address this problem, a minimally invasive surgery typically is used to remove the blister-like formations around the lungs. An additional procedure to fuse the surface of the lung to the inside of the chest wall to prevent a repeat occurrence of the pneumothorax is also performed at the time of the main surgery.

Our nationally and internationally renowned thoracic surgeons are well versed in the treatment of pneumothoraces and will practice to encompass all aspects of your total lung health in your diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care. As faculty of the Yale School of Medicine Department of Surgery, they are continually redefining standards of care through their comprehensive skill, innovative procedures, ongoing research, and the application of evidence-based medicine.  

Our surgeons are highly skilled at performing even the most advanced surgical techniques for both common and complex conditions. At Yale Thoracic Surgery, we know that the surgical process can feel intimidating. Our surgeons will walk you through the process, step by step, so that you understand the procedure and feel comfortable with your treatment options.