The mediastinum is the space between the lungs that contains the heart and the great vessels.

Tumours growing in this area –mainly thymomas and those originated in the lungs– are also subject to be treated with cryosurgery, even though they are intimately in contact with the heart and the great vessels, as we can observe in the following VIDEO 




In this type of surgical operations, a selective treatment for cancer cells that does not touch or affect other tissues is applied.

The operation is performed with local anaesthesia and real-time monitoring through scanner or CT. This makes it possible to verify the size and aspect of the tumour, so the cryoprobes can be placed in the most appropriate manner. Surgery takes around 90 minutes and the patient is usually discharged 24 hours later.