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    Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS))

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    Definition of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (vats))

    Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems in your chest.

    During a video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery procedure, a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and surgical instruments are inserted into your chest through several small incisions. The thoracoscope transmits images of the inside of your chest onto a video monitor, guiding the surgeon in performing the procedure.

    Surgeons use the video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery technique to perform a variety of operations, such as:

    • Biopsy to diagnose lung cancer, mesothelioma and other chest cancers
    • Esophagus surgery (esophagectomy)
    • Hiatal hernia repair
    • Lung surgery, such as surgery to treat lung cancer and lung volume reduction surgery
    • Procedures to remove excess fluid or air from the area around the lungs
    • Surgery to relieve excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
    • Surgery to relieve gastroesophageal reflux disease
    • Thymus gland removal surgery (thymectomy)

    When compared with a traditional open operation (thoracotomy), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery may result in less pain and shorten recovery time.