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Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery

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Thoracic surgeon Dr. Louis Astra at Florida Hospital North Pinellas Surgical Institute is a highly skilled practitioner of minimally invasive, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, or VATS. Patients benefit from this approach by avoiding the need for a thoracotomy incision, which translates to less time in the operating room, a quicker recovery and fewer post-operative complications. VATS can be used in a number of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including but not limited to the following:

  • Lobectomy
  • Evaluation of diaphragmatic injuries
  • Mediastinal tumor evaluation
  • Peripheral pulmonary nodule resection
  • Pleural biopsy
  • Pericardial window procedure
  • Bronchopleural fistula repair