VATS (video assisted thoracic surgery), also know as thoracoscopy, is a
minimally invasive chest procedure to treat a variety of conditions
within the chest.
VATS can be used for diagnoses of lung masses to determine if the mass
is benign or cancerous, for curative removal/resection of lung cancer
(lobectomy), to biopsy other masses in the chest as well as to treat
recurrent fluid build up.
VATS has shown to be less painful, have a shorter hospital stay, and
quicker return to normal activity than the old fashioned open incision
Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
Removal of the esophagus for either cancer or benign disease can be a
complex procedure. A minimally invasive technique has been developed to
help decrease the degree of post operative pain, complications, and
promote a quicker return to usual activity.
Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy involves making three once-inch
incisions in the right chest to mobilize the esophagus, and four to five
one-inch incisions in the abdomen.
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