Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgery used to diagnose and treat problems in the thorax (chest).
In VATS, a tiny camera called a thoracoscope and surgical instruments are inserted into the chest through one or more small incisions.
The thoracoscope transmits images onto a video monitor to guide the surgeon in performing the procedure.
Compared with traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery such as VATS offers benefits such as:
VATS is used to to treat a wide variety of conditions involving the thorax (chest).
Some uses for VATS include:
In general, because VATS is a minimally invasive technique, it is a preferred option to traditional open surgeries.
However, VATS may not be appropriate for people who have had chest surgery previously.
Your doctor will carefully evaluate the best and safest surgery for your medical condition.
This procedure is generally considered safe and effective.
Like all surgical procedures however, there are some general risks, such as: