Thoracic surgeons at Advocate Christ Medical Center's Cancer Institute are among the most experienced in using video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat tumors and lesions in the chest.
Using portals less than four millimeters in size, surgeons perform lobectomies, treat pneumothoraces, perform diagnostic procedures and resect mediastinal tumors. VATS makes it possible for thoracic surgeons to treat cancers in the chest without spreading the ribs. This means that patients experience less pain and recover faster, resulting in shorter hospital stays and a more rapid return to work. Christ Medical Center is one of few hospitals in the Chicagoland area to offer VATS as an option for patients who need thoracic surgery.