Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally-invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems in the chest.
During a VATS procedure, a thoracoscope and surgical instruments are inserted into the patient’s chest through one or more small incisions in the chest wall. The thoracoscope transmits images of the inside of the chest onto a video monitor, guiding the surgeon in performing the procedure.
Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery may be done to:
During the procedure:
Compared to a traditional open thoracotomy, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery typically results in less pain, fewer complications and shortened recovery time.
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