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What is a VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) lobectomy?

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A VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) lobectomy is a procedure that your surgeon performs through two to four small cuts in the side of your chest, one about 2 ½ inches long, and the others about a half-inch long. He uses a tube with a tiny video camera to see inside and guide his tools. Unlike open surgery, you don't get a big cut in your chest, so you're likely to heal faster with less pain.

From: What Is a Lobectomy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Surgery for small-cell lung cancer." "Treatment for non-small cell lung cancer, by stage."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lobectomy."

Cleveland Clinic: "Lobectomy of Lung-Minimally Invasive Approach to Lung Cancer Surgery" (video).

UptoDate: "Management of stage I and stage II non-small cell lung cancer."

American Lung Association: "COPD: Surgery."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Why Consider Robotic Surgery for Lung, Esophageal and Other Chest Cancers?"

American Thoracic Society: "Pulmonary Rehabilitation."

Glattki, GP. 2012. American Journal of Clinical Oncology,

Veterans Health Library: "Surgery for Lung Problems."

University of Michigan Health System: "After Your Lung Surgery."

Reviewed by William Blahd on April 07, 2016

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Surgery for small-cell lung cancer." "Treatment for non-small cell lung cancer, by stage."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lobectomy."

Cleveland Clinic: "Lobectomy of Lung-Minimally Invasive Approach to Lung Cancer Surgery" (video).

UptoDate: "Management of stage I and stage II non-small cell lung cancer."

American Lung Association: "COPD: Surgery."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Why Consider Robotic Surgery for Lung, Esophageal and Other Chest Cancers?"

American Thoracic Society: "Pulmonary Rehabilitation."

Glattki, GP. 2012. American Journal of Clinical Oncology,

Veterans Health Library: "Surgery for Lung Problems."

University of Michigan Health System: "After Your Lung Surgery."

Reviewed by William Blahd on April 07, 2016

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