If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer, then you need the best possible care. That means finding a surgeon who can offer years of expertise, cutting-edge techniques, and state-of-the-art technology. If you are in the Southern California area, your search is over. West Coast Associates for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery is dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive care possible.
Lung cancer and tumors of the lung may require surgery if they are diagnosed in the correct stage. To do this, The West Coast Thoracic Surgery team offers video assisted thoracic surgery in Beverly Hills. With early diagnosis and surgery your treatment options can be very powerful.
Qualifications for VATS include individuals with early stage cancer. VATS is typically reserved for Stage 1 cancer, while the effectiveness of the resection of Stage 2 cancer and beyond is still under debate. The tumor must be smaller than 6 cm, so your surgeon can actually remove it without having to cut into the muscles of the chest wall. Lastly, you must complete a pulmonary function test. This assures that the patient can properly heal after the surgery has been completed.
The VATS procedure occurs in multiple stages. The first is to make a series of small incisions underneath the arm called “ports.” A small camera and light are then carefully guided through the ports, past the rib cage, and into the chest cavity. Here the doctor can effectively access the lungs and remove any visible growths. Once the procedure is over, the patient will have a short in-patient stay so the doctor can observe the early stages of recovery. Once discharged, the patient will continue the rebuilding process at home. If required, chemotherapy and radiation can begin in a timely fashion.
Contact West Coast Associates for Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery today to learn more about VATS and the other thoracic procedures we offer. Call us at 310-776-6905 to schedule a consultation.