Why choose Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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There's No Breaking Leo DeGoursey's Stride

A minimally invasive procedure allows Leo DeGoursey to move on from lung cancer surgery without missing a beat. Leo DeGoursey is used to being busy. Until age 50, he enjoyed a career as a printer. Then he made a switch and spent the next two decades developing curriculum, equipping a lab, and teaching printing at [...]

  • Teamwork. At Mayo Clinic, thoracic surgeons work as a team with pulmonologists and radiologists to evaluate and care for people considering video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. Other professionals are included as needed.
  • Experience. Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeons were among the first in the United States to perform video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. Each year, Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeons perform more than 700 of these procedures.
  • Careful evaluation. Mayo Clinic doctors will thoroughly evaluate your condition to determine which treatment options best meet your goals. People best suited to video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery include those who haven't had chest surgery previously and those who have good lung function.

    Mayo Clinic offers many other treatment options for people who can't undergo video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

  • Research. Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists are studying new uses and techniques to improve the quality and safety of surgical procedures, such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for respiratory disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for respiratory disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked high performing for respiratory disorders by U.S. News & World Report.

March 08, 2014