How is emphysema treated with video-assisted thoracic surgery?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Emphysema can be treated with video-assisted thoracic surgery. During lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), one incision permits access of the viewing instrument (thoracoscope). Forceps and a surgical stapling instrument are used to remove the affected tissue through two other incisions.

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