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Dott. Umberto Cariboni
WHo AM I
As soon as I graduated from university I was lucky to go to Prof. Gianni Ravasi’s school, one of the masters and founders of Italian and global thoracic surgery.
With him I grew both as a surgeon and as a man. Everyday I think of him with a smile…
During the years, I acquired and developed the skills to operate on lung and mediastinal tumors, for example early stage thymomas, with the most modern and effective minimally invasive techniques such as THORACOSCOPIC and ROBOTIC SURGERY.
Over time, I have always directed my interests and my skills toward the “advanced” Thoracic Surgery field, whilst dealing with the minimally invasive techniques as a surgeon.
Advanced thoracic surgery deals with large-sized tumors and/ora located in particular areas of the chest and often they infiltrate particular body parts such as the aorta, vena cava, vertebra… and consequently require very complex operations that must be done in collaboration with colleagues from other specializations such as vascular surgeons, heart surgeons, brain surgeons…
Often these operations include tracheal resections, vertebrectomies, replacement of great vessels, which sometimes are done in extracorporeal circulation.
Included also in advanced thoracic Surgery
Is the surgery of sarcomas and rare tumors for which I am the referent for thoracic surgery in Humanitas.
Sarcomas are rare tumors that grow in non parenchymal organs, such as bones, muscles, vessels and often develop in young people.
Ad oggi la chirurgia rappresenta la migliore e, a volte, l’unica possibilità di cura di queste patologie, spesso a fronte di interventi molto complessi ed At present, surgery is the best, and sometimes, the only possibility to treat these diseases, often compared to operations that are very complex and invasive.
Hence the need for a board of experts in order to approach these diseases, both from a medical and surgical perspective, in hospitals with national reference such as Humanitas.
Being an expert in sarcomas and rare tumors, I became the referent for brain surgery and orthopedic cancer surgery at the Galeazzi Hospital in Milan regarding the removal of large masses that invade the spinal column.
Most recently, as head of metastatic surgery, in 2017, along with my colleagues, I published our case study (article published in the magazine American Journal of Clinical Oncology) which to date seems to be the largest case study ever to be published.
Interest in tracheal Surgery and its development
It started by attending Prof. Klepekto’s department at the University of Vienna in 2017.
Thanks to this participation, I began doing tracheal operations in Humanitas regarding oncological diseases and/or post-intubation scar stenosis. In collaboration with Prof. Spriano, Head of the Otolaryngology (ENT) unit in our Hospital, we also performed very complex tracheal operations such as, most recently, a resection of six tracheal rings in a young man about 30 years old with a rare type of tumor.
To date I have done about 2,000 surgeries
Minimally invasive thoracoscopic and robotic surgery
These techniques are used during the following surgeries:
– Early stage lung cancer
– Mediastinal cancer such as thymomas
– Bronchogenic and/or pericardial cysts
– Pneumothorax and hyperhidrosis surgery
– Pleural effusion surgery
Advanced thoracic surgery
Furthermore, I have always continued to expand my interest and my skills in the “advanced” thoracic surgery field, operating as first surgeon and in collaboration with other operational units, surgeries regarding advanced lung cancer: tracheal resections, large vessel replacement surgeries and extracorporeal circulation surgeries even in collaboration with heart surgeons and vascular surgeons regarding advanced stage lung cancer and large mediastinal cancers, such as advanced stage thymomas, thymic carcinomas, sarcomas of the chest, teratomas…
Included in advanced surgery is surgery for mesothelioma, regarding both the diagnostic phase such as thoracoscopy, as well as the actual surgery phase such as extrapleural pleurectomy or pleuro-pneumonectomy.
Also regarding major surgeries, I have gained significant experience in chest wall resections, such as rib resections and/or hysterectomies regarding various pertinent diseases.
The brain surgery referent at Humanitas and for orthopedic cancer surgery at the Galeazzi Hospital in Milan regarding the removal of large masses that invade the spinal column, such as sarcomas and/or other cancers that concern such area, performing vertebrectomies collectively with surrounding organs for spinal sarcomas, vertebral metastases and advanced lung cancers.
As the referent for metastasis surgery, along with my colleagues, in 2017 I published our case study in the magazine “American Journal of Clinical Oncology” which appears to be, to date, the most extensive ever published.
I have always dealt with breast surgery, during the diagnostic phase as well as during the surgical phase, performing all types of demolition surgery concerning malignant diseases in addition to reconstructive diseases with the assistance of colleagues from the plastic surgery department.