Video assisted thoracic surgery is type of chest surgery that is performed using a small camera. This camera is inserted into the chest cavity, allowing a surgeon to navigate the chest cavity without opening it completely. The VATS procedure is the surgery of choice when operating on patients for a wide variety of reasons.

VATS is described as minimally invasive because it requires a much smaller incision than traditional thoracic surgery. Traditional thoracic surgery requires a 10-15 cm incision, while VATS only requires a series of 1-3 cm incisions. These smaller wounds heal faster and leave a much less noticeable scar. VATS also does not require the use of a chest spreader, which could lead to rib fracture.

West Coast Associates for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery is proud to offer the VATS procedure. They specialize in this cutting-edge technology, and with over 25 years of experience, they are dedicated to finding the most effective surgery possible.

Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller lead the West Coast Associates team. They are both board-certified surgeons who have studied at some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Dr. Fuller has been quoted many times by organizations including the NFL, Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, and others.

Dr. Mahtabifard is the co-author of Atlas of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery (VATS), a highly esteemed textbook used around the world to teach medical students the cutting-edge techniques of this groundbreaking procedure. Dr. Mahtabifard has also written sections and chapters on the subject in a variety of other textbooks.

At West Coast Associates for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, we are happy to answer any questions you might have and help you find the best course of treatment for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mahtabifard or Dr. Fuller by calling us at 310-776-6905.