St. Luke’s International Hospital

St. Luke’s International Hospital

Thoracic Surgery



“Treat your patients as yourself or your family” is our motto. Treatment plans are tailored to each patient’s condition and request, and medical care is conducted upon thorough explanation and consent. Our staff is well trained in treatment of respiratory diseases, and work closely with other departments such as the pulmonary medicine, radiology and peri-operative center to provide high-quality medical services.

Our Specialties

Minimally invasive surgery utilizing a thoracoscope is conducted for patients with early-stage lung cancer and benign disorders such as spontaneous pneumothorax. Not only does it alleviate the pain and burden on patients, but it also brings about a rapid postoperative recovery and rehabilitation. For advanced lung cancer, multimodality therapy is conducted with the cooperation of other departments combining chemotherapy and radiotherapy in order to achieve complete resection.

Providing the Best Medical Service

All operations conducted at our department are registered in the National Clinical Database (NCD.) This allows us to recognize our own surgical quality, and is also a great opportunity to provide the best medical services based on evidence-based consideration.

Diseases and Expertise

  • Minimally-invasive surgical treatment for early-stage lung cancer
  • Extended surgery/multimodality treatment for advanced lung cancer
  • Thoracoscopic surgery for benign disorders such as spontaneous pneumothorax and benign tumor
  • Surgical treatment for
    1. Mediastinal tumor
    2. Metastatic pulmonary tumor
    3. Infectious diseases (empyema, etc.)
    4. Myasthenia gravis
    5. Pleural/chest wall tumor
    6. Thoracic trauma
  • Diagnosis and treatment for abnormal shadows of the chest


Number of Patients

1. Outpatients

  FY 2011 FY 2012
First Visit 202 161
Revisit 2,101 1,857

2.Hospital Admission

  FY 2011 FY 2012
Real Number 83 81
Total 1,055 846
Average Length of Stay 10.7 8.8

As the number of early-stage lung cancer cases have increased with the spread of CT conducted at physical check-ups, the number of operations for lung adenocarcinoma is consequently showing an increase.

In many cases, patients transfer to an internal medicinal department for chemotherapy or to palliative care. Therefore, the number of long-term hospitalization is decreasing.

3.Number of Operations

FY 2011 FY 2012
67 55

General Anesthesia 54 cases, Local Anesthesia 1 case

The number of total operations has slightly decreased; however the ratio of operations for well-differentiated adenocarcinoma is maintained high due to the increase in early-stage lung cancer cases detected by CT.

There is no change in the number of operation cases for spontaneous pneumothorax, and thoracoscopic surgery is conducted for all cases.

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