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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive alternative for a variety of thoracic conditions. Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery can be used for either diagnostic or therapeutic purposes and has been applied to many organ systems within the chest. It provides a comprehensive view of the chest area and sometimes allows for easier surgical access. In addition, it may reduce pain after surgery and may lead to more rapid recovery. In some cases, VATS has enhanced complex open surgical techniques. Prior to surgery, patients are evaluated to determine appropriate treatment options for their condition. Our surgeons at North Texas Heart & Lung Surgery have the expertise to provide this procedure to our patients on a routine basis. Please contact our office for an appointment to visit one of our surgeons.

Indications for VATS

  • Diagnosis of indeterminate masses and pleural effusions
  • Drainage of pleural effusions empyema and hemothorax
  • Bullectomy, Belb resection and Pleurodesis
  • Biopsy of lymph nodes and mediastinal masses
  • Pericardial window
  • Thoracodorsal sympathectomy
  • Thymectomy
  • Lung resections
  • Esophageal Procedures
  • Spinal Surgery

Contraindications for VATS

  • Inability to tolerate single lung ventilation
  • T3 tumor or Established N2 disease
  • Pleural symphysis

For More Information

To learn more about Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery and whether you might qualify for this procedure, please contact North Texas Surgery.

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