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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
Christopher M. Walker, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Preprocedure

      • Procedure

        • Outcomes

          TERMINOLOGY

          • Abbreviations

            • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
          • Synonyms

            • Video-assisted thoracic surgery
            • Thoracoscopy
          • Definitions

            • Minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose &/or treat diseases of lung, mediastinum, pleura, and chest wall
              • May use access incision ranging from 4-8 cm in length, which allows performance of traditional thoracotomy and use of thoracoscopic instruments
              • Completely thoracoscopic procedures use multiple ports < 2 cm in length and do not use access incision

          PREPROCEDURE

          • Indications

            • Contraindications

              • Preprocedure Imaging

                PROCEDURE

                • Procedure Steps

                  POST PROCEDURE

                  • Expected Outcome

                    OUTCOMES

                    • Complications

                      Selected References

                      1. Alpert JB et al: Imaging the post-thoracotomy patient: anatomic changes and postoperative complications. Radiol Clin North Am. 52(1):85-103, 2014
                      2. Kim EA et al: Radiographic and CT Findings in Complications Following Pulmonary Resection. Radiographics. 22(1):67-86, 2002
                      3. Demmy T: Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS). Georgetown, TX: Landes Bioscience,  2001
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                      KEY FACTS

                      • Terminology

                        • Preprocedure

                          • Procedure

                            • Outcomes

                              TERMINOLOGY

                              • Abbreviations

                                • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
                              • Synonyms

                                • Video-assisted thoracic surgery
                                • Thoracoscopy
                              • Definitions

                                • Minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose &/or treat diseases of lung, mediastinum, pleura, and chest wall
                                  • May use access incision ranging from 4-8 cm in length, which allows performance of traditional thoracotomy and use of thoracoscopic instruments
                                  • Completely thoracoscopic procedures use multiple ports < 2 cm in length and do not use access incision

                              PREPROCEDURE

                              • Indications

                                • Contraindications

                                  • Preprocedure Imaging

                                    PROCEDURE

                                    • Procedure Steps

                                      POST PROCEDURE

                                      • Expected Outcome

                                        OUTCOMES

                                        • Complications

                                          Selected References

                                          1. Alpert JB et al: Imaging the post-thoracotomy patient: anatomic changes and postoperative complications. Radiol Clin North Am. 52(1):85-103, 2014
                                          2. Kim EA et al: Radiographic and CT Findings in Complications Following Pulmonary Resection. Radiographics. 22(1):67-86, 2002
                                          3. Demmy T: Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS). Georgetown, TX: Landes Bioscience,  2001