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.