Thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis
The space between your 2 lungs where your heart sits is called your mediastinum. Aside from your heart, the main contents of this cavity are your thymus gland and lymph nodes. Thymoma and lymphadenopathy are the more common diseases of this area.
- Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is an auto immune neuromuscular disease which causes muscle weakness.
- Patients with this disease have a higher incidence of a thymoma.
- A localized thymoma should be removed because it is a cancer and can spread.
- The majority of MG patients do not have a thymoma.
- Surgical resection of a thymus gland may have some therapeutic benefit for the severity of myasthenic symptoms, even if there is no thymoma present.
We offer VATS thymectomy for patients with myasthenia gravis and no evidence of a thymoma.
- Utilizing VATS technology we can remove your thymus gland using 4 small 1 inch incisions.
- Patients can generally be discharge to home several days after surgery.
At White Plains Hospital we have a fully staffed Thoracic Surgery Service that includes board-certified thoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pulmonologists, and critical care intensivists. In addition, we have a staff of highly trained nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, physical therapists, case managers and social workers that work in-sync with your surgeon to provide great care for you when you are recovering from your surgery.
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