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David A. Kloss

M.D., F.A.C.S.
Phone: (218) 631-3510
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Dr. Kloss
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Dr. Kloss pioneers aortic stent graft procedure.


Dr. Kloss on screening colonoscopy
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  • Surgical Services...

    Thoracic Surgery

    Thoracic surgery or chest surgery involves surgery on the lung or the lymph nodes inside the chest. Also, surgery of the esophagus sometimes includes thoracic or chest surgery.

    Some surgery of the heart is done safely and expertly by Dr. Kloss. He is board certified in general surgery and has been practicing since 1991. Here in Tri-County Hospital, minimally invasive Thoracic Surgery is performed using the most modern high definition digital thoracoscope and TV monitors.

    Minimally invasive lung biopsies can be performed at Tri-County Hospital. This includes biopsy for sarccoidosis, emphysema and other lung diseases. Surgery for infection around the lung (empyema) can also be performed with this minimally invasive technique.

    Mediastinoscopy is a special surgery done through a small incision in the neck to sample the lymph nodes around the lungs to determine if lung cancer or perhaps other lung diseases have spread. Dr. Kloss is trained in this technique. This surgery can most often be done as an outpatient and helps determine if further lung surgery is necessary.

    The pericardial window is typically performed on a patient who is already an inpatient in the hospital. Fluid accumulates around the heart as a reaction to infection or pneumonia; sometimes the fluid is a response to recent open heart surgery. This fluid (pericardial tamponade) can dramatically affect the ability of the heart to pump blood around your body. Our surgeons are frequently called upon by your cardiologist to perform an operation (a pericardial window) to release this fluid. The drainage of this fluid allows the heart to pump normally again. Most often this operation is performed through three small incisions (minimally invasive). Recovery is very quick from this surgery. Sometimes this fluid is sent to the lab for analysis.


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