At the UPMC Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute, our staff is eager to help you coordinate all aspects of your care before and after your procedure.
Whether you’re seeing a thoracic surgeon for the first time or undergoing a surgical procedure, we strive to help you prepare for your visit so you’ll arrive informed and ready.
If your insurance provider requires a referral, please call your primary care doctor immediately after making your appointment with us. Your insurance may not cover your office visit if you do not get prior approval.
On the day of your visit, please bring:
Bringing this information will help us understand your case and keep your doctor informed about your care.
If visiting the UPMC Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute for your first office visit, please arrive early and allow ample time for your appointment. You’ll need to complete a general medical form and have an exam.
We will take care of all the arrangements for your hospital stay.
Your surgeon or a nurse on your medical team will give you details about your thoracic surgical procedure, including:
When you wake up after surgery, you’ll remain in recovery until you can breathe on your own. The doctor and nursing staff will determine when you can move to your hospital room.
It’s likely that you’ll need to stay in the hospital for two or more days. Your family and friends may bring any personal items you need once you’re awake and in your room.
Contact the UPMC Esophageal and Lung Surgery Institute with questions or for more information.
Thoracic and Foregut Surgery Division: 412-647-7555
Cardiothoracic Transplant Division: 412-648-6202