VATS (Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery)
As in other surgical specialities, the use of minimally invasive approach through small incisions for surgery, is also an option in thoracic surgery. The technique of video assisted thoracoscopics surgery (VATS) uses two to three small incisions (ports) in the side of the chest. Specialised instruments are used to perform this surgery. Surgeries like lung biopsy, pleurodhesis of the lungs for recurrent pleural effusions and some lung resections can be done with this technique. Since the size of the incisions are small, the recovery time and the post operative pain are greatly reduced.