Video assisted thoracic surgery

Video assisted thoracic surgery


Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat diseases of the lungs, chest and esophagus.

During a VATS procedure, a tiny camera is inserted into your chest through several small incisions. The camera sends images of the inside of your chest onto a video monitor. The images allow the surgeon to see and operate inside the body without having to fully open the chest.

Why it's done

VATs can be used to diagnose or treat a variety of lung and chest diseases and disorders, including:

  • Achalasia
  • Chest wall tumors
  • Disorders of the esophagus
  • Disorders of the mediastinum
  • Emphysema
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Esophageal mass
  • GERD
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung mass
  • Lung nodule
  • Mediastinal adenopathy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pulmonary diseases
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Thymoma

Unlike traditional surgery where a large incision has to be made in the chest and ribs may need to be spread, VATS allows the surgeon access through small incisions. This procedure means you have a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time, less scarring because of smaller incision, less blood loss, and decreased pain.

Our approach

At Northwell, we specialize in the latest and most effective diagnostic techniques available, including video assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS). Our surgeons are highly skilled at performing VATS, a minimally invasive technique for treating lung cancer and other chest disorders and diseases.

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Thoracic surgery

Experts in minimally invasive procedures, Northwell Health has one of the leading robotic thoracic surgical programs in the United States.