Advanced care for lung disease

The pulmonologists in Southern California at Riverside Community Hospital use a variety of procedures to treat diseases of the lung and esophagus, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung failure, esophageal cancer, Barrett's esophagus, achalasia, thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) and hyperhidrosis.

Common procedures performed by our thoracic surgery specialists include:

  • Evaluation of lung masses
  • Complex thoracic lung surgery
  • Minimally invasive lung surgery
  • Mediastinal tumor surgery
  • Thoracic aneurysm repair
  • Thoracotomy
  • Sternal reconstruction

Lung Nodule Program

Riverside Community Hospital’s Lung Nodule Program identifies patients with an incidental finding of a lung nodule and helps them through their care journey. We are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for patients through a multidisciplinary team of experts, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons and thoracic nurse navigators. The Lung Nodule Program provides prompt diagnosis and expedited care with the goals of detecting lung nodules earlier, diagnosing lung cancer at an earlier stage and, ultimately, saving lives.

If an incidental lung nodule is revealed, the nurse navigator will contact the physician to discuss the patient follow-up. The nurse navigator will coordinate the plan of care, provide clinical assistance and support to the patient and family.

Navigational biopsy

This state-of-the art system provides many benefits to patients, including diagnosing pulmonary nodules earlier and helping patients avoid unnecessary procedures who have noncancerous lesions. The navigational biopsy technique provides access to difficult-to-reach areas of the lung, aiding in the management of lung disease. Additionally, this procedure has a lower risk of complications, unlike other lung biopsy options.

The shortest distance between diagnosis and treatment

Our multidisciplinary team at Riverside Community Hospital is able to coordinate all of your physician consultations and begin your treatment within the shortest time possible.