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Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery Usage

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Reasons for Procedure

VATS is used to diagnose and treat a range of conditions. Common reasons to undergo VATS include:

  • Diagnosing and treating lung cancer
  • Diagnosing lung infections
  • Treating collapsed lungs
  • Draining fluid out of the chest cavity

Lung Cancer
Lung Cancer
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Compared to traditional procedures, VATS may result in:

  • Less pain and faster recovery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring


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