Our staff is available to help you through the registration process, especially as you make your first visit. It is necessary, however that you register as a patient with Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) by calling (866) 489-4056 before coming to your first appointment.
- Checking In
- Preliminary Steps
- Meeting With Your Surgeon
- Scheduling Your Surgery
- If Surgery is Not the Best Treatment
On the day of your thoracic surgery appointment, please proceed directly to your appointment location and check in at the front desk. They will request:
- Your insurance cards
- Any co-payment necessary
- Any medical records forms
- Any paperwork that was mailed to you to fill out
There are two different thoracic surgery offices at BWH. One is at 15 Francis Street, in the Peter Bent Brigham Building. The other is at 45 Francis Street in the Schuster Transplant Center. The location of your appointment will be specified by the new patient coordinator in a pre-appointment confirmation call.
One of our certified medical assistants will take a complete set of vital signs--blood pressure and pulse rate. You will be asked to perform a six-minute walk test followed by a series of pulmonary function tests (PFTs) and blood work if necessary. Once this is complete, a physician assistant (PA) will interview and examine you to review your medical history. We encourage you to have a family member present during the interview, so you can provide the most accurate medical information possible.
Your surgeon will review your history and radiology studies before discussing your condition with you. Once again, we recommend that you bring a family member into the meeting with your surgeon. If the surgeon believes you are eligible, you may be offered the chance to participate in one of our clinical research studies.
If surgery is appropriate, the surgeon will discuss the type of surgery you will have, the risks and benefits of the surgery and the recovery process.
Your surgeon will also provide you with contact information should you have any additional questions later on.
Once surgery has been agreed upon, you will meet with the surgical coordinators to schedule your surgery and pre-operative testing. The surgical coordinator will give you verbal and detailed written information about your surgery and preoperative testing appointment.
If surgery is not the best treatment for you at this time, you may be referred to the Thoracic Oncology Program located at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or at an affiliate practice closer to your home. You will be given information about the program and the phone number of their new patient coordinator. Our office will set up your initial appointment.
Go to our online health library to learn more about thoracic diseases and tests.
Visit the Kessler Health Education Library in the Bretholtz Center where patients and families can access computers and knowledgeable staff.
Visit the Dana-Farber Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center for more information about thoracic cancer.
This page was last modified on 9/18/2015