Traditionally, surgical treatment of someone with lung cancer meant opening the chest, spreading the ribs and required at least 5 – 7 days of recovery in the Hospital. Now, Doctors at Martha Jefferson Hospital are performing a less invasive surgery. Dr. Christopher Willms, Thoracic Surgeon, discusses in more detail about this less invasive procedure.
He describes the less invasive procedure as a technique used on good candidates. With this type of procedure, smaller incisions are made just beneath the breast around the back near the side of the torso. Small pieces of equipment are then used that allows access into the chest cavity. Doctors are then able to access the lung and remove the diseased portion.
Attached to this story is extended video footage of the procedure. Viewers be warned of the graphic nature of the video, because it may be difficult for some to see.