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Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery

Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery

Video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) allows the doctor to see inside the chest and take tissue samples. In some cases, a suspicious mass or area of lung is removed. VATS is done using a thoracoscope (instrument with a light, lens, and camera). An incision is made on the side of the chest. The scope is place in the opening, into the pleural space. A tiny camera is passed down the scope. Images of inside the chest are sent to a monitor, which the doctor looks at. Other small incisions are made for other instruments which can be used to remove tissue.