Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery
VATS is a type of chest surgery that requires making tiny openings in the chest. During VATS, the doctor makes small, keyhole incisions and uses a tiny camera (called a thoracoscope) and other small tools. Images from the camera are sent to TV monitors. The doctor relies on these images to do the surgery.
VATS is used to diagnose and treat a range of conditions. Common reasons to undergo VATS include:
- Diagnosing and treating lung cancer, including lymph node biopsy.
- Removing diseased lung sections or lobes
- Diagnosing lung infections
- Treating collapsed lungs
- Draining fluid out of the chest cavity
- Diagnosing and treating of the thymus (organ in the chest)
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Compared to traditional procedures, VATS may result in:
- Less pain and faster recovery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
Last reviewedFebruary 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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