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Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Dr. Garrett and Dr. Rhee are both highly skilled in Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). Using this technique, they are able to offer their patients minimally invasive lung cancer diagnosis and treatment that result in less scarring, reduced recovery times, less risk of infection, less blood loss, and reduction in stress response compared to the traditional open-chest approach (Thoracotomy).

Our surgeons often use the VATS approach for:

  • Video-assisted (minimally invasive) thoracoscopy for lung biopsy, lobectomy and pneumonectomy
  • Thoracotomy for lobectomy and pneumonectomy

Our surgeons are able to repair aneurysms within the chest through minimally invasive procedures or as necessary through the open-chest approach (Thoracotomy).


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