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Department of thoracic surgery

Prof. Dr. Molins Lopez-Rodo Laureano
thoracic surgery

About the department

The thoracic surgery department at Teknon Medical Center Barcelona is one of the leading centres in lung cancer and minimally invasive surgery. One of the main specializations of the department is the accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment of lung cancer, especially carcinoma. The surgeons have access to modern equipment, including automatic suture machines, allowing minimally invasive interventions without high risks. Complementary cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy have also improved in recent years and now provide better tolerability and efficacy for the patient. Also, doctors have successfully performed thoracic sympathectomy using video thoracoscopy for more than fifteen years. The surgery treats facial hyperemia and excessive sweating of the hands and armpits.

The department's surgeons have exceptional experience in minimally invasive thoracic surgery that does not require opening the chest. Patients have many advantages in this type of surgery: faster recovery, decreased postoperative pain, less scarring and blood loss, and reduced hospital stays. In addition, with the help of this technology, doctors successfully treat emphysema, pneumothorax, pulmonary fibrosis and empyema.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Lungs' cancer
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary nodules
  • Empyema
  • Sunken chest
  • Chest trauma 
  • Airway stenosis 
  • Benign airway tumours 
  • Mediastinal disease
  • Bullous lung disease
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Armpit hyperhidrosis
  • Uncontrollable blush

Diagnostics:

  • Anamnesis
  • Physical examination (auscultation)
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests
  • Pulmonary function test (breathing test)
  • Sputum cytology
  • Digital X-ray
  • Spiral computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ultrasound procedure
  • Diagnostic thoracoscopy
  • Needle biopsy of the neoformations 
  • Cervical mediastinoscopy with biopsy

Treatment:

  • Traditional thoracic surgery
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
  • Drainage of pleural effusions 
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Surgery for emphysema
  • Thoracic sympathectomy
  • Lifting the sunken chest (taulinoplasty)
  • Bronchoplastic operations
  • Chest reconstruction
  • Chest wall resection 
  • Pneumonectomy and lobectomy
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1974 - 1981 Medical School, University of Barcelona 
  • 1975 - 1980 Intern Student in Vascular Surgery and Urology Red Cross Hospital, University of Barcelona
  • 1982 - 1986 Training in General Surgery at Creu Roja Hospital in Barcelona
  • 1986 - 1987 Training in Thoracic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital and New England Deaconess Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 
  • 1987 Certification in General Surgery; Ministry of Health of Spain
  • 1988 - 1989 Training in Thoracic Surgery at Creu Roja Hospital and Sagrat Cor Hospital in Barcelona 
  • 1991 Doctor in Medicine & Surgery, “Cum Laude”; University of Barcelona 
  • 1993 Continuing Medical Education; College of Physicians of Barcelona
  • 1994 Recognition to Practise in Medicine & Surgery in the European Community 
  • 2001 Certification in Thoracic Surgery; Ministry of Health of Spain 
  • 2001 Fellow of the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 
  • Training in Thoracic Surgery at Mayo Clinic Rochester in Minnesota

Experience

  • 1988 - 1989 Staff, General and Thoracic Surgery, Red Cross Hospital, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1990 - 1993 Specialist at a private centre in Barcelona
  • 1994 - 1999 Clinical Chief, Thoracic Surgery; Sagrat Cor Hospital, University of Barcelona
  • since 2000 Director of Thoracic Surgery at a private centre in Barcelona
  • since 2010 Head of Thoracic Surgery at Barcelona Hospital Clinic

Awards, memberships, publications

  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery 
  • European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery 
  • European Respiratory Society (ERS), Chair of the Thoracic Surgery 8.1 Group 
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 
  • Spanish Association of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery
  • Spanish Association of Thoracic Surgery and other new national and international scientific societies
  • Member of the Royal European Academy of Doctors
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