Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems in the chest. During this surgery, a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and surgical instruments are inserted in the chest through small incisions. The thoracoscope transmits images of the inside of your chest onto a video monitor, guiding the surgeon in performing the procedure.
VATS can be used for many purposes, ranging from a biopsy to removal of tumors or entire lobes from the lung.
Advantages of VATS
Like robotic lung cancer surgery, VATS is performed through a series of small incisions—resulting in a faster recovery and significantly less post-operative discomfort and scarring than traditional open lung cancer surgery, which requires a large incision and use of a mechanical rib spreader.
Not all patients are candidates for VATS or robotic lung surgery. You and your surgeon can decide what surgical option is right for you, for the best possible outcomes.
Departments Specializing in Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
Departments at Cooper where video-assisted thoracic surgery (vats) is performed:
Physicians Who Specialize in Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
Our video-assisted thoracic surgery (vats) specialists include: