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

During a video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery procedure, a 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.

Almost all traditional thoracic surgeries can be performed using a minimally invasive technique. We will carefully evaluate you to determine the safest surgical approach to treat your medical condition.

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

  • Biopsy to diagnose and chest cancers
  • Lung surgery, such as surgery to treat lung tumours
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Procedures to remove excess fluid, pus or air from the area around the lungs
  • Surgery to relieve excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)
  • Thymus gland removal surgery (thymectomy)

When compared with a traditional open operation (thoracotomy), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery has less pain and shortened recovery time.