What is Thoracoscopy? 


It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to examine the chest cavity.  

The procedure is also referred to as video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).  

It is used to diagnose and treat various lung-related conditions. 

Why is a Thoracoscopy Performed? 

A thoracoscopy is used to diagnose and treat lung-related conditions.  

It is performed by inserting a small camera attached to a thin tube (thoracoscope) through a small incision in the chest wall allowing the doctor to view the inside of the chest cavity and identify any abnormalities.  

Thoracoscopy may also be used to take biopsies, remove fluid buildup, or insert medical devices. 

How to Prepare for a Thoracoscopy? 

1. Talk to your doctor: Before having a thoracoscopy, it is important to ask your doctor any questions you may have about the procedure. Make sure you understand the purpose of the procedure, any risks, and what will happen during and after the procedure. 

2. Know about anesthesia: Ask your doctor about the anesthesia that will be used during the procedure and whether you need to take any medications beforehand. 

3. Stop smoking: If you smoke, it is important to quit smoking before the procedure to reduce the risk of complications. 

4. Follow any instructions: Before the procedure, your doctor may give you instructions on what to do and what not to do. Follow these instructions closely to ensure the best outcome. 

What to Expect for a Thoracoscopy? 

Before the procedure, you will be given anesthesia to relax.  

During the procedure, the doctor will make a small incision in the chest wall to insert the tube and examine the organs and structures in the chest. If a biopsy is needed, a small sample of tissue will be taken. The doctor may also use instruments to take out any abnormal tissue or repair any damage. 

After the procedure, the patient may experience mild pain and discomfort in the chest area. The doctor may prescribe pain medication to help with this. The patient may also need to take antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. In most cases, the patient can return to normal activities within a few days. 

Myth and Fact on Thoracoscopy 

Myth: Thoracoscopy is a major procedure. 

Fact: Thoracoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure with a low risk of complications. It is generally considered to be safer than traditional open chest surgery. 

Myth and Fact on Thoracoscopy 

Myth: Thoracoscopy is a very painful procedure. 

Fact: Thoracoscopy is generally associated with minimal discomfort and pain. Patients may receive general anesthesia or local anesthesia during the procedure, depending on the specific procedure being performed.