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Acibadem Healthcare Group Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey


Department of Thoracic Surgery


Semih Halezeroğlu

Prof. Dr. med.

Semih Halezeroğlu

Specialized in: thoracic surgery

The Department of Thoracic Surgery at Acibadem Hospitals Group under the direction of Prof. Dr. Semih Halezeroğlu uses the latest diagnostic and treatment methods to provide a comprehensive medical care for both adults and young patients from all around the world. The Department specializes in the treatment of all diseases of the thoracic organs. In addition, thoracic surgeons adhere to a multidisciplinary approach and maintain close collaboration with the specialists in oncology and radiology.

The treatment of lung cancer is considered as the main focus of the Department. If the patient is diagnosed with an early stage lung cancer, the doctors of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Acibadem use minimally invasive surgery (VATS). This intervention involves the use of micro instruments and is performed with three small incisions of 2 or 3 cm in length. A tiny video camera is inserted through one of the incisions to enable the thoracic surgeon to view the chest cavity. Extraction of the lung nodules and the lobes is done using a bag without opening the chest. This kind of surgery offers great advantages, such as a shorter hospital stay, less postoperative pain, less scarring and speedy recovery.

Apart from lung cancer treatment, the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Acibadem Hospitals Group under the direction of Prof. Dr. Semih Halezeroğlu performs other lung operations involving resection, reconstruction, repair and biopsy. There are also performed many other surgical interventions. The most common of them are:

  • Chest wall surgery (including resection and reconstruction for neoplasms, thoracoplasty and repair of pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum and other chest wall deformities)
  • Airway surgery (resection, reconstruction and repair of the trachea and bronchi after neoplasms, strictures and traumas, as well as tracheostomy, tracheal intubation, endoluminal procedures etc.)
  • Diaphragm surgery (resection, reconstruction and repair of the diaphragm)
  • Mediastinal surgery (biopsy and resection of neoplasms, drainage of infections, mediastinal lymphadenectomy, mediastinotomy and mediastinoscopy)
  • Pericardium surgery (resection, reconstruction and drainage)
  • Endoscopic surgery (by means of both flexible and rigid endoscopes)
  • Surgical treatment of hyperhidrosis (operations on the thoracic sympathetic nerves)
  • Surgery to correct abnormalities of the thorax
  • Surgical treatment of the pleura (operations for the management of pleural mesothelioma, pleural disorders, including thoracocentesis, tube thoracostomy, shunting for pleural effusion, managing pneumothorax, pleurectomy, decortication and drainage and resection of empyema)
  • Surgery for functional corrections of emphysema complications
  • Surgical treatment of traumatic injuries of the chest and thoracic organs and their sequelae



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