Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
Overlake offers a minimally invasive approach—Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)—to diagnose and treat chest and lung disorders. VATS can be used to examine chest cavities, treat infected chest spaces, take biopsies of lung masses, repair a collapsed lung, drain fluid from the lungs and remove a lobe due to lung cancer.
During this procedure, one or more small port incisions are made in the chest to allow a tiny camera (thorascope) and surgical instruments inside the body. Images from the thoracoscope are magnified and transmitted onto multiple video monitors to allow the entire surgical team to watch the procedure.
The benefit of VATS over a traditional thoracotomy (a more invasive approach requiring a larger incision, division of muscles and sometimes ribs) includes smaller scars, less pain, faster recoveries, shorter hospital stays, less need for pain medications, and a faster return to work and normal activities.