What is the role of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in the treatment of hemothorax?

Updated: Jul 13, 2020
  • Author: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM; Chief Editor: Jeffrey C Milliken, MD  more...
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Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery" href="/node/2819" target="_self" title="" topic_section="">Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is an alternative treatment that permits direct removal of clot and precise placement of chest tubes. Several centers have used this modality successfully to help identify and control the source of bleeding in a number of cases. [37] In comparison with thoracostomy, VATS is associated with fewer postoperative complications and shorter hospital stays.


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