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'm extremely grateful for the nurses, doctors and occupational therapists ... They saved my life."

    Nelson
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  • “I just wish I would have done this surgery 15 years earlier, but I don’t look back. It’s a journey, not a race.”

    Kaitlyn S & Beth C
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  • “It was reassuring to talk with people who experienced the same problems"

    Rizwan
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