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Dr. Joshua David Rovin, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320 (heart & Vascular Pavilion)
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Joshua Rovin sees patients in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His medical specialties are general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rovin include minimally invasive surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and pacemaker. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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Dr. Mark Jefferson Alkire, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1201 South Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Mark Alkire specializes in vascular surgery, trauma surgery, and thoracic surgery and practices in Tampa, FL, Brandon, FL, and Sun City Center, FL. Dr. Alkire attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University for residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alkire include lung cancer, nerve block, and esophageal surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alkire is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include South Bay Hospital, Tampa Community Hospital, and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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Dr. Liberato Chapa, MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320 (heart & Vascular Pavilion)
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Liberato Chapa's specialties are vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He practices in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chapa include bypass surgery, heart problems, and pacemaker. Dr. Chapa's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Alliant Hospital, and Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Before completing his residency at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Chapa attended medical school at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon Faculty of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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All Interests: Bypass Surgery, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Heart Problems, Lung Surgery, Lung Resection, Pacemaker

Dr. Blaine Richard Heric, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Blaine Heric's area of specialization is cardiothoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Heric include minimally invasive surgery, bypass surgery, and thyroid surgery. He is affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group. Dr. Heric takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Heric attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Dr. John C Ofenloch, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 320
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. John Ofenloch specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. His areas of expertise include bypass surgery, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Ofenloch graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and BayCare Medical Group.

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What is Lung Resection?

Lung resection is surgery performed to remove all or part of the lung, almost always in the treatment of cancer. While there are other conditions that may in certain cases benefit from removal of lung tissue (including tuberculosis, COPD, and some infections), this is rare.

The goal of lung resection is to remove diseased tissue and stop it from spreading. The amount of tissue removed depends on the diagnosis. Each lung has thin folds that divide the lung tissue into lobes. The right lung has three lobes and the left, which is slightly smaller to make room for the heart, has two. Each lobe is further divided by areas of connective tissue into small segments. Lung resection surgery is given different names depending on how much of the lung is removed. These include:

  • Wedge resection, removal of just the diseased area of the lung, including a small border of healthy tissue.
  • Segmental resection, also called segmentectomy, or the removal of the affected section of the lung.
  • Lobectomy, or removal of a lobe of the lung.
  • Sleeve resection, or removal of one or more lobes along with a portion of the bronchus, or airway.
  • Pneumonectomy, or removal of one entire lung.

Lung resection is often performed through a type of open-chest surgery called thoracotomy. The patient lies on his or her side and is put to sleep. An incision is made from the breastbone around to the back near the shoulder blade, and the diseased part of the lung is removed from between the ribs. In some cases, especially for wedge resection, a kind of minimally invasive surgery called video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery or VATS is used. VATS uses tiny, lighted instruments and several small incisions to access the lung and perform the needed surgery.

After a lung resection, you may need to stay in the hospital for several days. You may be given breathing exercises to do in order to prevent pneumonia and help your lung heal. It is common to have drainage tubes to remove excess fluid and air the first few days. You may feel breathless at first, but even with only one lung you will breathe normally after you recover.

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