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784 Prince Avenue
Athens, GA 30606

Phone: 706.208.1144
Fax: 706.208.9668

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Thoracic Services

Treatment Options

Athens Chest Surgery Specialists offers the most advanced diagnosis and treatment options available for thoracic disease. A thorough health history and examination will be completed at the first appointment in order to determine the most appropriate treatment for each individual. Some of the most common procedures performed our physicians include:

Thoracoscopy:  a minimally invasive thoracic surgery performed with the use of small fiber optic cameras to look inside the chest. Thoracoscopy is also known by initials VATS, or Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery. . Thoracoscopy is similar to laporoscopy except that “lapar” refers to the abdomen, and “thorac” refers to the chest.  (The term “oscopy” is derived from Latin, loosely interpreted as “to look”.) Thoracoscopy is performed using small incisions and small instruments to examine the inside of the chest and to perform operations inside the chest. A number of procedures can be done using VATS to treat a variety of disorders.

Thoracotomy: an operation that is used to enter the chest. A thoracotomy differs from a thoracoscopy by the size of the incision, and use of direct vision rather than the use of endoscopy (small television cameras.) Although a thoracotomy is not considered "minimally invasive surgery," our thoracotomy technique has been strongly influenced by our experience with minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon of Athens Chest Surgery Specialists uses a small-incision "muscle sparing thoracotomy" to limit the size of the incision, and limit the effect of the surgery on the muscles of the chest wall.

The thoracotomy incision used is typically about four to six inches long, and is located on the side of the chest, several inches beneath the axilla, or armpit. We are able to operate through a relatively small incision because we use visual magnification, headlight illumination, and long, thin instruments. A thoracotomy is used for lung operations such as lobectomy, pneumonectomy, removal of deep lung tumors, or extensive decortication.

Lobectomy: an operation done under general anesthesia during which an entire lobe of the lung is removed.

The lungs are divided into lobes. The right lung has three lobes: upper, middle, and lower. The left lung has two lobes: the upper and lower. For example, during a left upper lobectomy, the upper lobe of the left lung is removed. A lobectomy is most commonly used to remove a lung cancer. However, other indications for lobectomy include fungal infections, infected cavities in the lung, localized bleeding from the lung, lung abscess, pulmonary infarction, and other more rare indications.

Minimally Invasive Approaches:

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS): A type of thoracic surgery performed using a small video camera that is introduced into the patient’s chest via a scope. The surgeon is able to view the instruments that are being used along with the anatomy that is being operated on. The camera and instruments are inserted through separate holes in the chest wall also known as “ports”. These small ports are advantageous because the chance for infection is drastically reduces. Patients have a faster recovery and a greater chance for the wound to heal.

Robotic - daVinci Surgical System

Dr. Maffei will use robotic procedures when possible to avoid larger, more painful incisions needed with an open approach. The approach, of course, is determined by the size and location of the tumor.

Vascular Services

Diagnosis and treatment of Varicose Veins

Dr. Maffei is now offering diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins as a new in-office services to his patients. With an ultrasound to diagnose the location and severity of venous disease and a state of the art laser with which to treat the varicosities, this painful problem can be solved without the inconvenience and cost of inpatient surgery. Also, traumatic vein stripping (the old fashioned approach) can be avoided.

For those patients with spider veins, sclerotherapy is also available.

Hospital Affiliation

St. Mary's Healthcare System


Thoracic Services

Treatment Options

Athens Chest Surgery Specialists offers the most advanced diagnosis and treatment options available for thoracic disease. A thorough health history and examination will be completed at the first appointment in order to determine the most appropriate treatment for each individual. Some of the most common procedures performed our physicians include:

Thoracoscopy:  a minimally invasive thoracic surgery performed with the use of small fiber optic cameras to look inside the chest. Thoracoscopy is also known by initials VATS, or Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery. . Thoracoscopy is similar to laporoscopy except that “lapar” refers to the abdomen, and “thorac” refers to the chest.  (The term “oscopy” is derived from Latin, loosely interpreted as “to look”.) Thoracoscopy is performed using small incisions and small instruments to examine the inside of the chest and to perform operations inside the chest. A number of procedures can be done using VATS to treat a variety of disorders.

Thoracotomy: an operation that is used to enter the chest. A thoracotomy differs from a thoracoscopy by the size of the incision, and use of direct vision rather than the use of endoscopy (small television cameras.) Although a thoracotomy is not considered "minimally invasive surgery," our thoracotomy technique has been strongly influenced by our experience with minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon of Athens Chest Surgery Specialists uses a small-incision "muscle sparing thoracotomy" to limit the size of the incision, and limit the effect of the surgery on the muscles of the chest wall.

The thoracotomy incision used is typically about four to six inches long, and is located on the side of the chest, several inches beneath the axilla, or armpit. We are able to operate through a relatively small incision because we use visual magnification, headlight illumination, and long, thin instruments. A thoracotomy is used for lung operations such as lobectomy, pneumonectomy, removal of deep lung tumors, or extensive decortication.

Lobectomy: an operation done under general anesthesia during which an entire lobe of the lung is removed.

The lungs are divided into lobes. The right lung has three lobes: upper, middle, and lower. The left lung has two lobes: the upper and lower. For example, during a left upper lobectomy, the upper lobe of the left lung is removed. A lobectomy is most commonly used to remove a lung cancer. However, other indications for lobectomy include fungal infections, infected cavities in the lung, localized bleeding from the lung, lung abscess, pulmonary infarction, and other more rare indications.

Minimally Invasive Approaches:

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS): A type of thoracic surgery performed using a small video camera that is introduced into the patient’s chest via a scope. The surgeon is able to view the instruments that are being used along with the anatomy that is being operated on. The camera and instruments are inserted through separate holes in the chest wall also known as “ports”. These small ports are advantageous because the chance for infection is drastically reduces. Patients have a faster recovery and a greater chance for the wound to heal.

Robotic - daVinci Surgical System

Dr. Maffei will use robotic procedures when possible to avoid larger, more painful incisions needed with an open approach. The approach, of course, is determined by the size and location of the tumor.

Vascular Services

Diagnosis and treatment of Varicose Veins

Dr. Maffei is now offering diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins as a new in-office services to his patients. With an ultrasound to diagnose the location and severity of venous disease and a state of the art laser with which to treat the varicosities, this painful problem can be solved without the inconvenience and cost of inpatient surgery. Also, traumatic vein stripping (the old fashioned approach) can be avoided.

For those patients with spider veins, sclerotherapy is also available.

Hospital Affiliation

St. Mary's Healthcare System