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Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows doctors to see inside the chest and lungs.

What is video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)?

VATS is a surgical procedure that allows doctors to see inside the chest and lungs. It is a form of minimally invasive surgery which can be used to do several different surgical investigations and procedures. Occasionally, VATS is not suitable and an open procedure such as a thoracotomy may be used. Your surgeon will discuss this with you before the procedure.

What are the benefits of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)?

VATS allows investigations and procedures to inform diagnosis and further intervention as necessary.

What happens during video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)?

VATS is usually done using a general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep for the surgery. Your surgeon will make cuts (incisions) in your chest and insert the thoracoscope and any other instruments that are needed. After the surgeon has finished the surgery, they will insert some small tubes into the chest. These are known as 'chest drains' and allow any fluid or air that collects to leak out. Any samples of tissue taken from your chest or lungs will be sent to the laboratory for further testing.

Recovery from video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

Following the procedure, you will be transferred to the high dependency unit or the ward. Our team of specialist physiotherapists will provide expert treatment, rehabilitation and advice during your hospital stay, and if appropriate follow-up as an outpatient to support your full recovery. Your length of hospital stay will depend on the level of surgery performed and your recovery.

Why choose Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew’s Hospital for your video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

At Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, our experienced thoracic surgeons specialise in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and provide you with quick access to treatment with a treatment plan which is personalised to you. During a consultation, our consultants will discuss your treatment options and recommend the most effective and least invasive procedure possible for your condition. To enhance your time spent in the hospital and patient experience, all of our consultants are fully supported by our attentive matron-led nursing team. Our nursing staff pride themselves on providing unrivalled comfort and first-class care.

How to book a consultation with our thoracic surgeons in Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew’s Hospital

Booking a consultation to see one of our thoracic surgeons at Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew’s is easy. Simply call our dedicated hospital enquiry team on 020 3386 9006 and they will book you a consultation at a time and date convenient for you.

Alternatively, if you are unsure about the consultation process or surgery, our enquiry team will be more than happy to answer your questions.

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Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew's Hospital

38 Giltspur Street, London, EC1A 7BS

020 3386 9000

There are several bus stops within walking distance of the hospital. The closest stations are: Barbican, Blackfriars, Farringdon, Moorgate, St Paul's, Cannon Street and City Thameslink. Car parking is available in Smithfield Car Park nearby.

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