Thoracic Surgeons at Virginia Hospital Center are highly skilled in Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). Using this technique, they are able to offer their patients minimally invasive lung cancer diagnosis and treatment that result in less scarring, reduced recovery times, less risk of infection, less blood loss, and reduction in stress response compared to the traditional open-chest approach (Thoracotomy). Virginia Hospital Center Thoracic Surgeons often use the VATS approach for:
- Video-assisted (minimally invasive) thoracoscopy for lung biopsy, lobectomy and pneumonectomy
- Thoracotomy for lobectomy and pneumonectomy
Thoracic surgeons at Virginia Hospital Center are able to repair aneurysms within the chest through minimally invasive procedures or as necessary through the open-chest approach (Thoracotomy).