Our thoracic surgeons work closely with colleagues in respiratory medicine, oncology, anaesthetics and with many other specialists to care for patients with all lung conditions that have a surgical solution.
The team treats local, national and international patients, for both common and rare conditions, sometimes taking on cases that have been turned down elsewhere.
Royal Papworth Hospital has some of the best outcomes nationally and internationally and is one of the biggest centre for lung reduction surgery. It is also a world-leader in minimally-invasive surgery; in November 2019, Mr Aresu also performed the world's first removal of an entire lung (pneumonectomy) through a small incision of just two inches.
We continually examine our practice by way of audit, and endeavour to apply the results of the latest research and new technologies when appropriate in the care of our patients.
All the consultant anaesthetists at Royal Papworth Hospital are cardiothoracic specialists and are leading the way in the UK and Europe with opioid-free anaesthesia. Performing operations without opioids reduces the risk of opioid addiction - a global problem - and since our first patient under this initiative in January 2018 patients have reported being more alert and active, and their overall length of hospital stay has reduced by more than a day.
The surgical team is supporter by a large, dedicated cardiothoracic critical care unit as well as wards where our nursing staff have considerable experience in the care of thoracic surgery patients.