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.
You can feel your heart thudding away every time you put your hand to your chest, but do you have any idea what’s really going on in there or what keeps your heart ticking as it should? WebMD the Magazine asked Richard Krasuski, MD, director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Services and a staff cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, to help explain some amazing and little-known facts about the human heart.