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Thorascopic Lobectomy

Thorascopic lobectomy is an important advancement in the surgical treatment of cancer patients. Traditional procedures used by surgeons to remove a lung tumor can be tough on patients and require a hospital stay of up to a week. A thorascopic lobectomy offers lung cancer patients a less painful, shorter recovery time with the same success rate.

While a traditional lobectomy requires a chest incision that splits muscle and spreads the ribs, the thorascopic lobectomy is a minimally invasive approach. The surgeon makes two small incisions, each less than two inches long, and uses special instruments to reach the lungs. The surgeon uses a thoracoscope, which is a thin video instrument with a small camera at the tip. It transmits a picture of the inside of the chest on a video monitor, so the surgeon can view the inside of the chest while performing the procedure.