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Thoracoscopic surgery is a type of minimally invasive thoracic surgery of the chest, performed with a thoracoscope (small videoscope) using small incisions and special instruments to minimize trauma.
Other names for this procedure include thoracoscopy, thoracoscopic surgery or pleuroscopy,
During thoracoscopic surgery, three small (approximately 1-inch) incisions are used, as compared with one long 6- to 8-inch chest incision that is used during traditional, “open” thoracic surgery. Surgical instruments and the thoracoscope are inserted through these small incisions.
The thoracoscope transmits images of the operative area onto a computer monitor that is positioned next to the patient.
Your thoracic surgery team, including your surgeon, surgical residents and fellows, surgical nurse clinicians, social workers, and anesthesiologist, will help you recovery as quickly as possible. During your recovery, you and your family will receive updates about your progress so you’ll know when you can go home.
Your health care team will provide specific instructions for your recovery and return to work, including guidelines for activity, driving, incision care, and diet.
Many people who have VATS do very well. But there are some possible complications. Some of these are: