If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, you may be a candidate for the treatment video-assisted thoracic surgery, also known as VATS lobectomy.
What Does VATS Lobectomy Involve?
This state-of-the-art procedure involves inserting specially designed surgical instruments into the chest cavity through small incisions to remove a lobe of your lung. One of these instruments, a thoracoscope, has a tiny camera that transmits images to a monitor that provides surgeons a clear view of the internal organs.
Your surgeon is able to remove the lobe without having to open the chest cavity, divide chest wall muscles or spread the ribs, as would be necessary with open surgery. The entire procedure takes only 2 hours. This minimally invasive procedure has been found to be safer while reducing pain, hospital stays and recovery time.
Patients can then resume and enjoy normal activities, with as little effect on their lifestyle and quality of life as possible. Minimally invasive VATS lobectomy enables those patients who also require chemotherapy to move on to the next phase in their treatment sooner. In addition, VATS lobectomy can safely be performed in people who may not be considered candidates for standard, open thoracotomy.
Why Choose Jefferson for Lung Cancer Treatment in Philadelphia?
Given the sophistication and complexity of the procedure, experience is crucial in performing a VATS lobectomy. Jefferson thoracic surgeons have successfully provided the procedure to more than 120 patients of various ages.
Our Thoracic Oncology Program is one of only a few programs in the U.S. providing such an advanced level of treatment and research for lung cancer. The Program brings together Jefferson thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pulmonary specialists, complementary medicine specialists and support program facilitators to address every aspect of your care — through prompt consultation, exchange of ideas between physicians, immediate discussion of enrollment in clinical trials and coordination of efforts.