Advancement in Lung Surgeries

Surgery is needed to take biopsies (tissue samples) of the lung for diagnosis. Recent advances in optic/video systems and endoscopic operating instruments have made thoracoscopic easier and more accurate than 20 years ago. The operative mortality rate was low (1%) and the diagnostic accuracy high (99%). Thoracoscopic has been performed at an increasing frequency in recent years because of its expanded applications, especially in the areas of therapeutic or operative procedures such as carbon dioxide laser treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax or diffuse bullous emphysema in the treatment of various airway diseases. Two common ways to do surgery on your lungs are thoracotomy and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). It involves passing a telescopic camera through small cuts in the chest to examine the lungs or pleura (linings of the lung) under video guidance.

Minimally invasive technique used in lung surgery is known as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery or VATS. USC thoracic surgeons utilize this somewhat older technique as well for simpler procedures such as limited wedge resection of the lung where robotic technology is not needed. This technique also involves making a few tiny incisions in the chest and the use of a video camera and small instruments. For a full lobectomy and lymph node removal, however, our experience has shown that there is an improved ability to remove all of the involved tissue in a more reliable manner using the robotic approach.

  • Bullectomy
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Lung Transplants

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