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VATS Lobectomy

VATS Lobectomy is becoming more mainstream for the treatment of early stage lung cancer. There are now two large series in the surgical literature that support the application of VATS techniques for lobectomy. Drs. McKenna, Houck, and Fuller published on 1,100 cases from Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. Dr. D'Amico published on 500 cases from Duke.

Dr. Houck of Thoracic Surgery Associates, PC was co-author on the paper from Cedars Sinai.

VATSLobe.com combines the power of learning with Leading Thoracic Surgeons.

This is the internet home of Thoracic Surgery Associates, PC, the practice of William R. Mayfield, MD, Ward V. Houck, MD, and Theresa Luu, MD. This site is for the use of our patients and their families, assisting them through the process of diagnosis and treatment of their thoracic problem.

We offer the surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases
of the lung, pleura, chest wall, mediastinum, pericardium, and esophagus, as well as surgical treatment of hyperhydrosis and
reflex sympathetic dystrophy of the upper extremities.

The majority of surgery performed by our practice utilizes minimally invasive techniques known as VATS (Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery) or thoracoscopy. We specifically use 5 mm endoscopy to minimize trauma and reduce chest wall pain.