Several lobes form each of your lungs. If you have cancer on one of these lobes, we can remove the lobe. At UVA, we can do this operation, called a lobectomy, with video-assisted thoracic surgery, or VATS surgery.
VATS Surgery at UVA
Compared to a traditional, open lobectomy, this high-tech procedure means:
- Faster recovery
- Less pain
At UVA, you’ll get care from one of the most experienced hospitals in performing VATS in the region.
How VATS Surgery Works
We use only 2-4 very small cuts during the VATS procedure. The surgeon uses a long camera (called a scope) and long surgical tools to perform the procedure through these cuts. The scope sends images to a video screen. The surgical team uses the video to complete the procedure.
Candidates for VATS
VATS could be an option for you if you have:
- Stage I or II lung cancer
- Early-stage small cell lung cancer
- Mediastinal tumors and cysts
- Benign esophageal tumors
- Myasthenia gravis
You could also qualify for VATS if you have Stage IIA lung cancer or if you've already had chest surgery, including lung or heart surgery. Your surgeon can discuss your specific options with you.