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 tell him he’s Superman and he can do no wrong,” Brian says. “It’s such a great gesture that it’s hard to put into words and say something that would do it justice.”

    Brian
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  • “My friends are surprised when they see me, too. I’ve gotten so many compliments!”

    Damaris
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  • “Her health problem was very stressful for us, but that’s all gone now — because she’s OK.”

    Stephanie
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