What is Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)?
Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) is surgery done through small incisions in the chest. A tiny camera (thoracoscope) and surgical instruments are inserted through your chest wall. The surgeons are able to use live video imaging on a screen to perform procedures inside the chest.
Types of procedures:
- Biopsy to diagnose lung cancer, mesothelioma and other chest cancers
- Lung surgery, such as surgery to treat lung cancer and lung volume reduction surgery
- Procedures to remove excess fluid or air from the area around the lungs
- Surgery to relieve excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Thymus gland removal surgery (thymectomy)
Benefits of VATS
When compared to open chest surgery (thoracotomy), you may experience:
- Less pain
- Fewer complications
- Shorter recovery time
We have a team of board-certified cardiac and thoracic surgeons specially-trained in minimally-invasive thoracic surgeries who can offer you advanced care and treatment. Call for a consultation or appointment: 866-GUTHRIE.