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
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.