Florida’s most experienced lung surgery team

At The Lung Center, we stand beside everyone involved.

The Lung Center at Jackson Health System was established in 2022 to provide the most innovative approaches to lung and respiratory care. Our team includes experts in pulmonary medicine, surgical care, and critical care with extensive experience treating the most complex conditions and delivering exceptional outcomes. Our team utilizes advanced interventions for lung disease, including ECMO, lung transplantation, and robotic thoracic surgery.

We treat patients of all ages with the most complex lung diseases, delivering exceptional outcomes. Lung and respiratory care can be a difficult journey, not just for patients but also for the physicians and families who care for them.

At The Lung Center, we stand beside everyone involved.

The Lung Center at Jackson Health System was established in 2022 to provide the most innovative approaches to lung and respiratory care. Our team includes experts in pulmonary medicine, surgical care, and critical care with extensive experience treating the most complex conditions and delivering exceptional outcomes. Our team utilizes advanced interventions for lung disease, including ECMO, lung transplantation, and robotic thoracic surgery.

We treat patients of all ages with the most complex lung diseases, delivering exceptional outcomes. Lung and respiratory care can be a difficult journey, not just for patients but also for the physicians and families who care for them.

Welcome

The Lung Center, located at Jackson Health System was designed to provide the most innovative approaches to surgical lung and respiratory care. Our team includes experts in pulmonary medicine, surgical, and critical care with extensive experience in treating the most complex conditions and delivering exceptional outcomes.

Historically, patients in need of complex lung care have faced challenges in navigating a fragmented landscape. Our vision is to create a world-class center that offers a comprehensive range of services for all lung-related diseases and conditions under one roof. Our new center features an outpatient clinic, three-day work-ups, and a dedicated advanced critical care lung unit, staffed by a highly skilled integrated-care team that includes critical care physicians, nurses, ECMO specialists, and physical therapists.

Our goal is to serve the global community and to provide exceptional outcomes for patients in need of exceptional care. From robotic thoracic surgery to ECMO to lung transplantation, our team is dedicated to exploring all innovative treatment options and to providing our patients with improved quality of life. If there is an answer, we will find it.

Warmly,

Tiago N. Machuca, MD, PhD

Director, The Lung Center, Jackson Health System

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Conditions and Treatments

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

Respiratory failure of sudden onset in adults or children that follows injury to the lung (as in sepsis, chest trauma, massive blood transfusion, aspiration of the gastric contents, or pneumonia) and results in the accumulation of protein-rich fluid and the collapse of alveoli leading to difficult, rapid breathing and very low levels of oxygen in the blood.

Bronchiectasis

A condition that is caused by chronic bacterial infections in the lungs. It causes the walls of the lungs to thicken and subsequently makes breathing difficult.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

A disease that damages the lungs and restricts their ability to absorb oxygen into the blood. Emphysema is a type of COPD where the lungs lose their elasticity and makes breathing more challenging.

Cystic Fibrosis

A genetic disorder that causes inflammation to the membranes in the lungs.

Diaphragm Paralysis and Weakness

Caused by the phrenic nerve sending weak signals to the diaphragm to contract or relax. This leads to patients having reduced breathing capabilities or being unable to control their voluntary breathing.

Diaphragm Eventration

The diaphragm is elevated due to a congenital condition, injury, or trauma. In some cases, this can cause lung compression and disrupt normal breathing.

Emphysema

A type of COPD where the lungs lose their elasticity and makes breathing more challenging.

Hyperhidrosis

Excessive sweating under the arms and feet. Uni-VATS can be used to relieve excess sweating by targeting certain nerves within the chest.

Interstitial Lung Disease

Scarring and inflammation of the lungs are caused by autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, sarcoidosis, and mixed connective tissue disease.

Lung Cancer

One of the most common forms of cancer and is the leading cause of death from cancer. Typically categorized into two groups – small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer (NCSLC). NCSLCs include squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma. Chemotherapy or radiation therapy can be combined with surgical intervention as a treatment option.

Mesothelioma

A usually malignant tumor in the mesothelial tissue (lining of the peritoneum or pleura).

Myasthenia Gravis

A disease that is characterized by progressive weakness and exhaustibility of voluntary muscles caused by an autoimmune attack on muscle cell receptors.

Nontuberculosis Mycobacterial Lung Infection (NTM)

An infectious condition caused by certain types of mycobacteria. Some people with NTM lung disease have no signs or symptoms, while others experience a severe cough, hemoptysis (coughing up blood), shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, night sweats, and/or weight loss. Mycobacteria are found naturally in soil and water. Immunocompromised are at a greater risk for NTM-high incidence in the Southeastern United States.

Pulmonary Embolic Disease

A condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot preventing oxygen from reaching sections of the lung, causing shortness of breath and chest pain.

Pulmonary Fibrosis

Scarring in the lungs. Over time, the scar tissue restricts the flow of oxygen from the air sacs to the bloodstream, causing shortness of breath.

Pulmonary Hypertension

Abnormally high blood pressure, specifically in the pulmonary vasculature (arteries and veins) of the lungs and the right side of the heart.

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Sarcoidosis

A condition that causes small collections of inflammatory cells to grow in the lungs.

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Thymus Cancer

An abnormal growth of malignant cells in the thymus gland in the upper chest. It is linked to myasthenia gravis and other autoimmune diseases.

Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction

A novel FDA-approved, non-surgical procedure to improve breathing in people with severe emphysema and hyperinflation.

Bronchoscopy

A diagnostic procedure to get a clearer picture of a patient’s respiratory condition by looking inside the lungs with a small camera and collecting tissue samples.

Lung Surgery

Surgery can repair diseased lung tissue or remove a portion of a damaged lung. It is often the most effective method of treating lung disease.

Lung Transplantation

Surgical procedure involving partial or total replacement of one or two diseased lungs. It is more frequently performed with patients with interstitial lung diseases, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension. It also can be performed on patients whose lung function diminished greatly post-COVID.

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Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

Removal of diseased lung tissue to improve the function of healthy parts of the lung.

Minimally Invasive VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery)

A minimally-invasive surgical technique where small incisions are made, and a tiny camera and surgical instruments are inserted, providing the surgeon with visuals from inside of the chest.

Additional Conditions and Treatments

  • COVID Lung
  • Endobronchial U/S
  • Robotic Bronchoscopy

Description

  • COVID Lung
  • Endobronchial U/S
  • Robotic Bronchoscopy