Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Video-assisted thoracic surgery is a minimally invasive method for performing surgery within the chest. During VATS, your surgeon can view and operate inside the chest using a small camera and long instruments inserted through two or three small incisions. Using this method, your surgeon may:

  • Remove a portion of the lung
  • Obtain a biopsy of a tumor
  • Drain fluid from around the lung
  • Prevent repeated episodes of pneumothorax (collapsed lung)

Compared with traditional chest surgery that uses a long incision, patients who go through VATS often have:

  • A faster recovery
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
Lung Volume Reduction Surgery- Malcom DeCamp, MD
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