Types of VATS Procedure
A VATS Lobectomy is a procedure where a large section of the lung is removed, often to treat lung cancer. During a VATS lobectomy, a surgeon will make small incisions on the chest and guide the camera through to aid in visualizing which sections of the lung need to be removed. A traditional lobectomy requires a larger incision whereas the VATS procedure is much less invasive.
VATS thymectomy is a procedure that removes the thymus, a common source for the disease myasthenia gravis, a disease that can produce the growth of tumors (cancerous and non-cancerous) on the thymoma gland, which lays on the front of the chest. VATS uses small incisions on the chest along with the thoracoscope and other tools to help the surgeon see and remove the thymus and any other necessary tissue.
VATS Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating brought on by exercise, stress, and/or embarrassment, but most commonly, rarely triggered by anything. Our surgeons are trained in VATS Sympathectomy, also known as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. During this procedure, a small incision is made, and using a thoracoscope and other tools, the sympathetic nerve is divided, allowing for long term results of decreased sweating.