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Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery Or VATS

It is a minimally invasive thoracic surgical procedure that is performed with thoracoscope which is a small videoscope. The procedure involved smaller incision (1cm) than that in thoracotomy and use of special instrument to minimize the trauma. The procedure is also known as thoracoscopy or pleuroscopy.

What happens during the procedure?

During the thoracoscopic surgery, three small incisions, about one cm are made as compared to 6-8 inches chest incision that is used in the tradition open thoracic surgery.  The surgical instruments and the thoracoscope is inserted through these small incisions. The special video camera transmits the images of the operative area onto the computer monitor.

Why you must choose the Minimally Invasive Procedure?

As compared to the conventional surgery the patient that undergoes the minimally invasive surgical procedure experiences:

  • Decreased postoperative pain
  • Shorter stay in hospital
  • Rapid recovery and return to daily routine
  • And reduced risk to infection
  • Less bleeding

Is the minimally invasive surgery right for you?

Almost all the traditional thoracic surgeries can be performed using the minimally invasive surgical procedure. If you need a thoracic surgery, you can consult Dr. Kshitij Dubey for consultation so as to know if you are eligible for the surgery. He will carefully examine you to evaluate the safest surgical approach to treat your medical condition.

What type of thoracoscopic surgical procedures are there?

Thoracic surgery procedure routinely performed by Dr. Kshitij Dubey using a minimally invasive technique includes:

Video-Assisted Lobectomy

There are a number of VAT procedure you may be asked to undergo by the doctor. Here are some of them.

  • Diagnostic Thoracoscopy: It is done for two major reasons-
  1. To assess the severity of the disease
  2. To perform either pleural biopsy or lung biopsy.
  • Therapeutic Thoracoscopy: Pleural Effusion Drainage (Draining Blood or Pus)
  • Bullectomy: Performed for Pneumothorax.
  • Decortication: Removal of thickened pleura over the lung and chest wall.
  • Lung Resection: Done with following procedures.
  1. Wedge Resection
  2. Segmentectomy
  3. Lobectomy
  4. Pneumonectomy.
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