A thoracoscopy (also known as a video assisted thoracic surgery, or VATS) uses an endoscope to visually examine the pleura (the cavity around the lungs), lungs, and mediastinum (central portion of the chest) and to obtain tissue for testing purposes. An endoscope is an illuminated optic instrument that is inserted through an incision.

Some of the procedures the MIMIT surgeons are skilled in include:

  • VATS lobectomy
  • Wedge resection
  • Lung biopsy
  • Drainage of pleural effusions
  • Mediastinal, pericardial and thymus thoracoscopic procedures