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Role of VATS in Lung Cancer Surgery

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) plays a pivotal role in the management of lung cancer, offering a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open thoracotomy. This advanced surgical technique involves small incisions and the use of a thoracoscope (a small camera) and specialized instruments to view and operate on the lungs, leading to enhanced precision in tumor removal. VATS is particularly beneficial for early-stage lung cancer, as it allows for the precise excision of cancerous tissue while preserving healthy lung tissue. Key advantages include reduced postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery times, and lower risk of complications. Additionally, VATS provides a better cosmetic outcome due to smaller incisions. It has revolutionized lung cancer surgery, improving patient outcomes and quality of life, making it a preferred choice for suitable candidates.

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Dr. Pavan Kumar

Senior Consultant & Robotic Surgeon, Surgical Oncologist, Medicover Hospitals

Dr. Pavan Kumar is an eminent Senior Consultant & Robotic Surgeon in the Department of Colorectal, Pelvic, and Peritoneal Surface Oncology as well as Surgical Oncology, this esteemed professional holds an impressive array of qualifications including an MBBS, MS in General Surgery, MCh in Surgical Oncology, and a Fellowship from the European Board of Surgical Oncology. Renowned for his expertise in advanced cancer surgeries, he is a European-trained surgeon who has excelled in over 100 robotic procedures.

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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) plays a pivotal role in the management of lung cancer, offering a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open thoracotomy. This advanced surgical technique involves small incisions and the use of a thoracoscope (a small camera) and specialized instruments to view and operate on the lungs, leading to enhanced precision in tumor removal. VATS is particularly beneficial for early-stage lung cancer, as it allows for the precise excision of cancerous tissue while preserving healthy lung tissue. Key advantages include reduced postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery times, and lower risk of complications. Additionally, VATS provides a better cosmetic outcome due to smaller incisions. It has revolutionized lung cancer surgery, improving patient outcomes and quality of life, making it a preferred choice for suitable candidates.