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

  • "[My snoring] really created a strain in my marriage."

    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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  • “I wasn’t expecting to be able to serve for a year after my surgery, but I beat that schedule by at least four months”

    Thomas
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