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Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS ) is a newer, and less invasive procedure for treating early stage lung cancer, especially tumors smaller than 3 to 4 centimeters. Instead of making a large incision, specially trained surgeons place a thin tube with a small video camera on the end through a small opening in the side of the chest. The camera transmits images of the inside of the body onto a high definition flat screen monitor. The surgeon watches the screen while inserting instruments through a second small incision to perform the surgery and remove the tumor.

This procedure usually involves less pain after surgery and a shorter hospital stay. The cure rate after VATS appears to be similar to other surgical methods.

The specialists and staff at Inova Thoracic Oncology Program know that people facing lung cancer, esophageal cancer and other complex thoracic conditions benefit most from an integrated, coordinated approach to care. State-of-the-art diagnostic services and the latest treatments, including minimally invasive options, are offered by a team of expert specialists unparalleled in the Washington, DC, region. For more information, call 703-776-3777.