Video-Assisted Thorascopic Surgery (VATS)
Lung cancer surgery is a vital component of successfully treating patients
for lung cancer. That’s why Hoag Family Cancer Institute offers
the latest in state-of-the-art surgical options, including video-assisted
thorascopic surgery (VATS).
VATS is a minimally invasive surgical technique in which surgeons utilize
innovative scopes and other imaging tools to view and operate within the
chest through several small incisions, rather than a large open incision.
This procedure allows treatment of patients who may otherwise have been
considered inoperable due to their age or other complicating medical conditions.
VATS is associated with shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain
and faster recovery times, than traditional open thoracotomy procedures.
Additionally, VATS has been shown to result in cancer survival rates that
are equal to traditional open procedures. More than 75 percent of lung
cancer patients are able to undergo VATS lobe resection.
Hoag is among only a handful of hospitals in the U.S. offering patients
View an aticle and learn more about VATS and
Hoag's Lung Cancer Program.