Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems in your chest. During this surgery, a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and surgical instruments are inserted in the chest through small incisions. The thoracoscope transmits images of the inside of your chest onto a video monitor, guiding the surgeon in performing the procedure. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) can be used for many purposes, ranging from a biopsy to removal of tumors or entire lobes from the lung.
Why choose Mayo Clinic
- Experience. Mayo Clinic was among the first medical centers in the United States to offer VATS surgery. Today, a specialized group of chest (thoracic) surgeons perform the procedure on hundreds of people annually.
- Team approach. You will be cared for in a team-oriented environment, where surgeons and other specialists work together to develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
- Efficient, coordinated care. Testing, doctor visits and VATS surgery can usually be completed in a single visit, over several days, if you wish to proceed that quickly.