VATS or Video Assisted thoracic Surgery is a technique of operating inside the chest using small incisions and endoscopic instruments. It results in less pain, better cosmetic results and a quicker return to normality.
Whilst not all thoracic procedures can be performed by VATS, the list is extensive and includes:
lung cancer resections
treatment of pneumothorax
drainage of pleural infections (empyema0
mediastinal cysts and biopsies