Video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

VATS is a minimally invasive technique for thoracic surgery which offers clinical benefits to patients over the open/ thoracotomy approach.1

The history of thoracotomy to current day practice of VATS

In the last 20 years, minimally invasive surgery has transformed the surgical landscape. Delivering the same surgical results as traditional surgery2 — but without the large incisions and complicated maneuvering around internal structures. VATS is a minimally invasive alternative that offers a number of advantages for your patients.

VATS offers numerous benefits over the traditional open approach in early stage lung cancer treatment.1,2


1. Ohtsuka, T, Nomori H, Horio H, Naruke T, Suemasu K. Is major pulmonary resection by video-assisted thoracic surgery an adequate procedure in clinical stage I lung cancer? Chest. 2004.

2. Carrott PW Jr, Jones DR.Teaching video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy. J Thorac Dis. 2013;5(S3):S207–S211. doi:10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2013.07.31