What is Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)?

Category: Surgeries


This is a type of lung surgery. During this procedure, a small cut is made in the side of the chest to allow a tiny camera to be inserted to help guide the surgeon throughout the procedure. This is considered less invasive than other lung surgery that requires the chest to be opened up.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)

Side effect Patients
Difficulty walking 1
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 1
Pain 1


Stopped having Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 0
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).