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?
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:
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 Maimonides thoracic surgeon, call 718-283-7686 or request an appointment online.