In this surgical procedure, an endoscope (thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end) is inserted in a small incision in your chest. Thoracoscopy allows the physician to take a closer look at the condition of the lungs or pleura and to take a biopsy (tissue sample).
Thoracoscopy can also be used to:
- Drain fluid from around the lungs
- Remove a lobe of the lung or an entire lung
- Repair a collapsed lung
- Stage or remove a mass