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Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

At UVA, many types of thoracic conditions can be treated with minimally invasive surgery.

Compared with surgery performed through an open-chest incision, minimally invasive lung surgery provides several benefits for patients, including:

  • Faster recovery time and return to normal activities like work
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • No cutting of the ribs or breastbone

Thoracic Surgery at UVA

UVA was one of the first institutions in the nation to embrace thoracoscopic surgery. We now perform hundreds of these procedures every year. Whenever possible, we offer minimally invasive surgical approaches or video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) procedures for both benign and malignant diseases of the lung, esophagus and mediastinum.

Patients with these conditions need specialists, like the ones at UVA, who can design, implement and follow through on the best care plans for you and your family. 

Some of the innovative minimally invasive surgical procedures we're performing at UVA include:


VATS Lobectomy

This video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) option offers lung cancer patients the best chance of a cure. UVA is one of the most experienced hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic in performing the VATS procedure, in which surgeons use a tiny camera to guide them through the procedure.

Heller Myotomy

Surgeons use a camera and specialized instruments to make small incisions to treat achalasia, a disease of the muscle of the esophagus.

Radiotracer-Guided Localization

The radiotracer process is used to help surgeons precisely locate and remove lung nodules. UVA pioneered this novel approach and has the largest experience of any hospital in the world.


Content was created using EBSCO’s Health Library. Edits to original content made by Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

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