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Thoracoscopic Surgery

Thoracoscopic surgery is a procedure that is done to see inside the chest cavity and make surgical repairs. It is a less invasive surgical technique than open-chest surgery or other similar procedures.

The surgeon makes one or more small incisions in the chest area and places a special camera, called a thorascope, to see the area around the heart. Guided by this camera, the surgeon inserts one or more surgical instruments through the incisions and makes repairs where needed.

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Thoracoscopic surgery usually results in a quicker recovery than traditional open-chest surgery. But this type of surgery cannot be used to repair many types of heart or lung problems.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Susanna McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology
Last Revised June 15, 2011

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Last Updated: June 15, 2011
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