2016 VATS lobectomy figures now available.
86% of my patients undergoing lung cancer resections were treated by minimally invasive surgery (VATS). The latest UK wide figures (2015) are 40%.
The mean length of stay at 5 days is 1/2 that of open surgery.
More than 50% of patients go home on day 4 or sooner.
Decreased pain and fewer air leaks are key to early discharge and VATS surgery offers both.