Once your operation is scheduled, your doctor will advise you on how to prepare. In general, you need to fast before the procedure.
Note: If you are taking any medication or herbal supplements, you should inform your doctor. You may need to adjust or stop taking some medication before the procedure (e.g. aspirin, blood thinners).
What can you expect in VATS?
VATS is performed under general anaesthesia.
The procedure lasts about 1 – 2 hours. Depending on the extent of the surgery, it may take longer.
During the procedure
During VATS, your surgeon will make several small cuts on the chest wall in which to insert the thoracoscope and surgical instruments.
After the procedure
Depending on the extent of the procedure and your condition, you may stay in the hospital for a few days.
Post-operative pain is normal and will be managed with medication.
As soon as you are able, you are advised to stand and walk to aid in the recovery process. You may also be asked to use a device that encourages you to breathe deeply to prevent an infection from developing.
Compared with a traditional open operation (thoracotomy), video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery typically results in less pain, fewer complications and shortened recovery time.
Why choose Parkway East Hospital?
When it comes to heart health, Parkway East Hospital is the preferred private hospital for residents on the eastern coast of Singapore.
Our experienced team of cardiothoracic surgeons is supported by multidisciplinary medical specialists to guide our patients through their treatment.