The experienced surgeons at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital perform every type of surgery, including general surgery, total joint replacement, orthopedic surgery and cardiovascular surgery.
We offer the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches, including the da Vinci® robotic surgical system. Minimally invasive surgeries result in less pain, shorter recovery time and a faster return to daily activities. Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we bring you the latest surgical advancements.
When you have surgery at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, our qualified surgical teams in our Surgical Admissions Unit, Surgical Diagnostic Center and Endoscopy Unit ensure that your questions are addressed, your family's needs are met and your recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
Thoracic surgery is any surgery performed in the chest (thorax), including surgery for:
- Lung cancer
- Lung transplantation
- Lung nodule
- Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)
- Chest trauma
- Esophageal cancer
- Fluid in chest cavity (effusion)
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital offers the latest thoracic surgery techniques, including:
- Video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS). During this procedure, surgeons insert a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and surgical instruments into your chest through small incisions. The camera takes images inside your body and sends them to a video monitor in the operating room to guide surgeons as they operate. Minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as VATS, lead to less pain and shorter recovery time for patients.
- da Vinci Robot Assisted Thoracic Surgery. Patients requiring thoracic surgery may benefit from the da Vinci® System, which offers a precise, minimally invasive technique. The da Vinci System features a magnified three-dimensional (3D), high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center provides specialized and coordinated gynecological surgery care.
Before your surgery, you will need to meet with a nurse who will complete your pre-admission testing and assessment. The pre-admission testing office is located on the second floor of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital within the Surgical Admissions Unit.
Attending your pre-admission testing visit before your surgery will make the preparation process much smoother on the day of surgery. Some of this testing may include taking blood samples, having an X-ray or having an electrocardiogram (EKG). The nurse will also review your health history. Bring a list of your current medicines, including strength and frequency.