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

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Thoracoscopy is a video-assisted surgery that can permit an interventional pulmonologist to perform a variety of procedures.

After a Thoracoscopy
Find out what you need to know when you are recovering at the hospital and at home after a thoracoscopy.