Thoracic Surgery

About the Department

The Department of Thoracic Surgery at Narayana Health City, Bangalore specialises in the surgical management of all thoracic pathologies pertaining to the lungs, oesophagus, mediastinum, chest wall and diaphragm.

The department houses a State-of-the-Art tertiary referral centre offering all major thoracic surgical procedures like complex lung resections, which include segmental and sleeve resections for lung cancer, tuberculosis and other infective conditions, emphysema, and congenital lesions. Our ability in handling the most intricate cases with immense diligence has made us a major referral centre for all types of thoracic surgical problems. Our centre is complemented with well-equipped systems of Chest Medicine and experienced Chest Physicians, Interventional Pulmonologists and Respiratory Technicians which make us a ‘one stop centre’ for all thoracic surgical conditions.

Highlights of the Department

  • Tracheal surgery and reconstructions are our forte and we have handled the largest series of tracheal reconstructions in Karnataka.
  • The unit also specialises in Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery and Mediastinoscopy; (one of the few in the country) capable of performing major intrathoracic surgical procedures through “key holes” with the help of a thoracoscope.
  • The department has been accredited and can perform lung, heart and heart-lung transplants


Name :-Dr. S V Srikrishna

Designation :-Senior Consulatant

Qualification :-MBBS, MS, MCh, FIACS

About Dr. Srikrishna

Dr. SV Srikrishna has an experience of over 3 decades, and is one of the leading Cardiothoracic Surgeons in India. Dr. Srikrishna received his training in General Surgery from Command Hospital, Bangalore and Cardiothoracic training from KEM Hospital, Mumbai. He established the Cardiothoracic department in St.John’s Medical College Hospital, In Bangalore in 1987 and continued there as Professor and Head of the department till 2006. He moved to NH in 2007 to establish a “State of Art” wing of Thoracic Surgery to complement the well known division of Cardiac Surgery at Narayana Health. He is an Alumnus of St.John’s Medical College Hospital, in Bangalore and has also received training in Cardiothoracic and Transplant Surgery from the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Areas of expertise and interest

  • VATS Surgery
  • Complicated Lung Resections
  • Tracheal Reconstructions
  • Chest Wall Reconstructions
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Heart and Lung Transplantation

Services and Facilities

  • VATS (Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery) -
    VATS is a type of thoracic surgery performed using a camera that is inserted through openings in the chest wall, known as ports. The procedure has the advantage of reduced risk of infection and shorter duration of post-surgical recovery.
  • Major Lung Resections -
    Lung resections are surgical procedures performed to remove a part or a whole lobe of the lung and is usually employed as a means of surgical management in the early stages of lung cancer.
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery -
    Lung Volume Reduction Surgery or LVRS is a surgical procedure where a portion of the lung irreversibly damaged by Emphysema or COPD is removed. The procedure is an end stage option in end stage COPD and has shown to increase lung elasticity and diaphragm function.
  • Chest Wall Reconstruction -
    Chest wall reconstructions are performed in certain cases of acquired or congenital chest deformities. Most chest wall deformities occur as sequelae of untreated infections and as such require surgical reconstruction to restore function.
  • Oesophageal Surgery -
    The department offers surgical interventions in the management of oesophageal cancer and oesophageal strictures and tears.
  • Management of Cardiothoracic Trauma -
    The department offers emergency and expert care in the management of cardiothoracic trauma in patients who have been in accidents or were wounded by gunshot, stab or assault injuries.
  • Mediastinal Tumours Treatment
  • Chest Wall Tumours Treatment