Thoracic Surgery

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset offers an innovative type of thoracic, or chest, surgery: Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS).

Instead of the large incisions used in traditional surgery, VATS uses one-inch incisions. Our surgeons insert a small videoscope, which projects images of the internal chest cavity onto a video monitor. This enables the surgeons to perform a full range of chest surgery procedures using special instruments. VATS offers the effectiveness of traditional chest surgery with dramatically less pain and disability.

The thoracic group at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is one of the few groups in the state that offers a wide scope of minimally invasive techniques for many high-risk situations.

Patient Stories

  • “Thanks to the surgery, my wife and I are planning an extended trip to the Pittsburgh area for a car show next year.”

    Francis "Al"
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  • "He gives as much as any employee in terms of hours. He is kind, thoughtful, giving, respectful and empathetic to all. Dominick is a treasure to all of us."

    Dominick
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  • "I was hiding for years and now I’ve shed my cocoon."

    Kathy
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