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Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery

What is video-assisted thoracic surgery?

Video-assisted thoracic surgery is a minimally invasive approach to treating the lungs. Three small incisions (each about 1-inch) are made and a port created, allowing a small videoscope (thoracoscope) to be inserted into the patient's chest cavity. The videoscope transmits images of the lung onto a computer monitor, thus allowing the surgical team to view the operative area. Other special instruments can then be inserted to perform a lung biopsy and surgically remove sections of the lung (lobectomy), if medically indicated. As a result, lung cancer diagnosis and treatment can occur during the same procedure.

What are the benefits of video-assisted thoracic surgery?

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video-assisted minimally invasive surgery benefits patients

Traditional or open chest surgery involves one long (6-to 8-inch) incision, as well as dividing and spreading the sternum and major muscles in the chest wall. In comparison, patients undergoing video-assisted thoracic surgery have only three small one-inch incisions.

Because there is much less trauma during this procedure, patients experience:

  • less post-operative pain
  • shorter hospital stays
  • better healing and quicker recovery
  • reduced bleeding and infection risk

Who is a candidate for video-assisted thoracic surgery?

Video-assisted surgery will be the first option considered, but there may be reasons why traditional open chest surgery is preferable for a particular patient. This decision will be made after consultation with the thoracic surgeon.

To make an appointment with a thoracic surgeon at Maimonides, please call (718) 283-7686.