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

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    Alan
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  • Thanks to bariatric surgery and self-discipline, one patient has managed to keep 165 pounds off for 14 years.

    John
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