What is Thoracoscopy?
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.
- 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.
- Pleural bleeding.
- Infections such as pneumonia.
- 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.
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- High Specialty Surgery Center
- Radiology and Molecular Imaging
- Clinical Laboratory
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