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What is Thoracoscopy?

22:03 - 27 April , 2021

Medical procedure



It is an exploratory procedure used to evaluate the interior of the thoracic cavity. To do this, a small incision is made in the shoulder blade and a tube called a thoracoscope is inserted, which includes a camera that allows visualizing the state of the interior of the thorax.Often times, a thoracoscopy is performed when there is suspicion of diseases such as:

  • Infections and fluid in the lungs.
  • Tumors. 
  • Lung cancer.
  • Other lung problems.

Before the procedure:

  • Talk to your doctor about your expectations of the procedure.
  • Fast as suggested by your ABC doctor.
  • Keep an open communication with your doctor and tell him or her if you must pause any treatment, especially if you are using antiplatelets and/or anticoagulants.

After the procedure:

Depending on the complexity of the case, this procedure may require local anesthesia and be outpatient, or it may use general anesthesia and require hospitalization for a couple of days.

The incision area may be painful for a few days, and the use of anesthesia may cause discomfort and some minor side effects. 

Potential risks:

  • Pleural bleeding.
  • Infections such as pneumonia.
  • Pneumothorax.
  • Require other surgeries.

In our High Specialty Surgery Center, we perform more than 7,000 cutting-edge surgical procedures each year with state-of-the-art technology.

Our mission is to provide you with general and highly specialized medical-surgical services with the highest standards of quality and safety comparable with international centers of excellence through a multidisciplinary team that uses evidence-based clinical protocols that guarantee the best assistance and care of your health.

ABC Medical Center has always been known for practicing cutting-edge medicine. Our commitment to innovate keeps us as leaders in the practice of this discipline.

Your next surgery in expert and certified hands.

Related centers and departments

  • High Specialty Surgery Center
  • Radiology and Molecular Imaging
  • Clinical Laboratory


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