A Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery lobectomy is a minimal-invasive surgical procedure performed to remove a lobe from the lung. The procedure is done via one to three minor cuts, which are only a few centimetres long on the side of the patient’s chest (in contrast to an open-chest surgery). During this procedure, the surgeon places a camera via one cut (about 4cm long).
The camera helps the surgeon see the insides of the patient’s chest while performing the surgery. The devices required for the removal of the lobe are then inserted through other minor cuts. A VATS lobectomy surgical procedure usually takes two to three hours. Manipal Hospitals is providing VATS In Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore, visit today.
Why is the procedure performed?
A VATS lobectomy surgical procedure is usually performed to treat issues with the lung, such as,
Swelling of the lung
Beginning-stage cancer of the lungs or growths
Severe infections of the lung.
Your surgeon may suggest a VATS lobectomy if a kind of shadow is observed on the chest CT scan or X-Ray, as this could mean that there could be lung cancer. The VATS lobectomy procedure is the best way to remove early-stage lung cancer.
Advantages of the procedure
Following are the advantages of getting the VATS Lobectomy in contrast to a traditional surgery which is an open chest surgery.
A briefer hospital stay – As the incisions are quite small, VATS does not lead to much damage to the body while the surgery is done. A patient’s hospital stay is a minimum of two days which is less compared to a traditional surgery.
Lesser complications – Research recommends VATS procedure does not lead to any collapsed lung (atelectasis), kidney problems, chest infections, atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythm), continuous air leak, and overall unbearable pain.
Much less time is required for the chest tubes to be inserted inside the lung. The chest tubes that have been inserted can be taken out much faster, provided that the lung continues to heal well. Book an appointment to know more about the treatment procedures.
Approximately two weeks before the surgery, the patient needs to,
Be examined by their cardiologist
a specialist checks that the heart is in good condition for the surgery to be performed on the patient.
Check with their doctor about the medications
the patient needs to stop taking certain medications before their surgery, for example, blood thinners; the doctor provides all the details of such medications to the patient.
Have some significant tests
you will require a chest X-ray, ECG, lung function tests, blood tests, cardiac stress test, and groyne and nose swabs.
Plan and prepare your home for your return from the hospital
ensure that you have some help at home to help you recover and recuperate.
Have a word with the doctor if you require help.
During the procedure,
The patient is given a general anaesthesia.
A special breathing tube is inserted through the patient’s windpipe.
The tube helps one lung stay oxygenated while the other lung is being operated on.
The lung which is being operated on is deflated, and the surgeon makes one or four minor cuts on the chest to enable the removal of the lung lobe.
With video assistance, the arteries and veins attached to the lobe that is being removed are divided and fixed with a special stapler.
The lobe is then removed from the chest via one of the cuts.
Manipal Hospital, Yeshwanthpur, has designed its VATS Lobectomy procedure with the aim of providing state-of-the-art and high-quality care for its patients.