Overview. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems in your chest. During a VATS procedure, a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and surgical instruments are inserted into your chest through one or more small incisions in your chest wall.What is video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lung resection?
Introduction: Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lung resections are complex procedures with a critical role played by endoscopic staplers in the transection of vessels, bronchi, and lung tissue.Should vats be assigned fifth character 4 – percutaneous endoscopic?
AHA responded via Ref. #50016597.716, stating to assign fifth character 4 – Percutaneous Endoscopic for the VATS procedure. They went on to state, in the example submitted, “the port incisions did not appear to have been extended or lengthened to open the incisions.What is a VATS lobectomy?
Most thoracic surgeons would define VATS lobectomy as one in which the dissection is completed with reliance on a video image, without the use of a retractor to spread the ribs and increase the width of the intercostal spaces. The actual number, location and aggregate length of the involved incisions are largely a matter of surgeon preference.