A Minimally Invasive Approach to Chest Surgeries
Thoracoscopy offers a simpler alternative to open chest surgery. If you need a diagnostic or therapeutic chest procedure, ask your surgeon if thoracoscopy is an option for you.
Open Surgery vs. Thoracoscopy
During traditional open surgery, surgeons make a single incision to directly view the lungs and tissues inside the chest.
Thoracoscopy allows surgeons to operate through multiple smaller incisions rather than one larger incision. One keyhole-size incision accommodates a special video camera that displays the inside of the chest on a video screen. The surgeon may make additional small incisions for specialized surgical tools.
Benefits of Thoracoscopy
Because it is minimally invasive, thoracoscopy holds many benefits over traditional open procedures. The technique causes less surgical trauma resulting in:
- Less post-operative pain
- Shorter recovery period
- Less time in the hospital
- Earlier return to work
- Smaller scars
Thoracoscopic Procedures Available at Deaconess
Our surgeons utilize the advanced thoracoscopic technique whenever it is possible and appropriate for our patients. Following are some thoracoscopic procedures routinely performed at Deaconess Hospital.
- Removal of tumors
- Lysis of adhesions
- Drainage of pus collections
- Biopsies of the chest wall, lungs, pleura, pericardium, and lymph nodes for diagnosis of disease
- Collection of fluid samples for culture studies
- Collection of cells for cytological examination