Thoracic Surgery

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.

Our thoracic surgeons offer an innovative type of thoracic, or chest, surgery called 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.

Patient Stories

  • “I love the people at the Joint Surgery Center. Going there is like coming home.”

    Cheryl
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  • “The people at RWJUH Somerset helped me realize that there was so much to fight for and that all the things that we did each day were going to add up to something.”

    Emma
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  • “I had seen other doctors, and they had all asked why I was a teen mom.... But Dr. Bucek was so comforting.... He wasn’t judgmental.”

    Mirna
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