Video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive alternative to diagnose and treat a wide range of disorders of the chest and lungs that were traditionally managed through sternotomy or open thoracotomy. VATS utilises a special instrument called a thoracoscope that has a built in camera. During the surgery the thoracoscope and special surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions over the chest. The thoracoscope transmits the images of the surgical area to a monitor which aid the surgeon during the procedure.
Some of the indications for video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) include:
As VATS is performed through small incisions, it minimises trauma and provides various other benefits as well that include: