We provide highly-skilled thoracic surgery and thoracic surgical oncology services. Dr. Wayne Holley brings lifesaving care to patients with thoracic surgical diseases. This includes lung cancer. His practice is part of the Ephraim McDowell Lung Center. He is one of only a few thoracic surgeons in Kentucky who performs robotic-assisted lung resections. As a result, lung cancer patients receive lifesaving care close to home. This is important because the central Kentucky area leads the nation in the number of new lung cancer cases each year.
Dr. Holley develops a treatment plan specific to each patient and their diagnosis. As a result, the patient can expect the best possible outcome. Dr. Holley is trained to perform minimally-invasive surgery. This includes robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and video-assisted thoracic surgery. It also includes the tried-and-proven method of thoracotomy. Minimally-invasive thoracic surgery benefits patients. However, Dr. Holley will not sacrifice outcomes to do a certain procedure. He will choose the procedure that is best for the patient and their disease process. The goal is to have optimal outcomes after surgery.
Thoracic surgery is performed on organs in the chest. That includes the chest wall, heart, lungs, and esophagus. It also includes the tissues between these three organs in the chest.
The conditions treated by Dr. Holley include:
- Lung cancer (all stages)
- Esophageal cancer
- Mediastinal tumors
- Mediastinal lymphadenopathy of the chest
- Chest wall tumors
- Interstitial lung disease
- Bullous emphysema
- Empyema of the chest
- Pleural effusions
- Pericardial effusions
- Septic arthritis of the sternoclavicular joint
- Trauma involving the chest
Benefits to Patients
Lung cancer is a leading cause of death in this region. It is primarily caused by smoking. Lung cancer patients and their families benefit from Dr. Holley’s personalized care. He is known for respecting patients and their families. He is committed to being timely when seeing patients. In addition, he learns about each patient and their family. Also, he will answer questions in a manner the patient and family can understand. As a result, patients are comfortable with their treatment plan.
If a patient needs surgery, Dr. Holley will schedule it in a timely manner. He is attentive to detail in the operating room and the care provided after surgery. He will see his patients immediately after surgery. At that time, he will address any concerns the patient may have. Dr. Holley follows his cancer patients during their treatment. As a result, patients find comfort in knowing that their surgeon remains involved in their care.
Lung Cancer Care
Lung cancer patients receive care from the thoracic surgeon, pulmonology physicians, and thoracic oncology physicians. They develop a treatment plan specific to each patient and their diagnosis. Thus, patients receive the highest level of cancer care. That care is equal to what is offered at medical centers in larger cities. Patients benefit by receiving care close to home. Thus, we expect our patients to have the best possible patient experience.
One of the more common thoracic surgical procedures is lung resection. It is done to treat lung cancer. Dr. Holley uses the da Vinci surgical robot to remove the cancerous part of the lung. It is a minimally-invasive procedure. As a result, patients experience less pain. They also have a lower risk for bleeding during surgery. In addition, the procedure poses fewer life-threatening risks. Patients also have a reduced length of stay in the hospital. Thus, they can expect a much quicker return to normal function. As a result, the patient has a more positive surgical experience.
Find a Provider
Ephraim McDowell Health Provider
C. Wayne Holley Jr., MD
To schedule an appointment, please call (859) 936-9356.
Find a Location
Ephraim McDowell Lung Center216 West Walnut Street, Suite #3, Danville, KY 40422Tel: (859) 936-9356