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Doctor insights on: Excision Ampulla Of Vater

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What is the procedure "vats" used to treat?

Disease of the chest: Vats stand for video-assisted thoracic surgery or minimally invasive surgery similar to laparoscopic surgery. Through small incisions and usually a high definition camera, many types of procedures can be performed. Such as removing cancer of the lung, esophagus and other chest organs. Removing unwanted fluid around the lung, and performing biopsies of organs in the chest. ...Read more

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Tell me about vats pleurodesis?

Tell me about vats pleurodesis?

Causes lung to stick: The goal of video-assisted thoracic surgery or vats pleurodesis is to create an inflammatory response that causes the lung to stick to the chest wall. This can be done through chemical means such as sterile talcum powder, or through mechanical means. Indications are for persistent air in the pleural space; pneumothorax or persistent fluid. Pleurodesis prevents the lung from collapsing. ...Read more

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How can I help myself think positive before vats surgery?

How can I help myself think positive before vats surgery?

Surgery: Preparing one's self mentally for surgery is very important. I'd suggest working on getting a good amount of sleep in the week leading up to the surgery. Eating as healthily as you can - avoid alcohol, caffeine, fast food, etc. And do the things that put you at ease - whether it's enjoying family and friends, getting outdoors, spending time with your church, volunteering.... It all helps! ...Read more

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Is it safe to smoke after vats pleurodesis?

Is it safe to smoke after vats pleurodesis?

No. Just...no.: Why would you even consider that it would be safe? Of course not. Not for healing. Not for whatever underlying lung condition you have. No, no,no! ...Read more

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Does it take a long time for vats-related nerve damage to heal?

Does it take a long time for vats-related nerve damage to heal?

It can: Although vats incisions are small, they still require cutting through skin, tissue and possibly nerves. This may lead to chronic numbness or even pain. Nerves grow back 1mm per day. ...Read more

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How big is the chance that a pneumothorax will happen again after you have received VATS-surgery?

Less than 5% on side: There is a 50% chance of a recurrence after a spontaneous pneumothorax, without surgery. 60-70% for a second recurrence. That is why surgery is recommended. After surgery, the chance is less, but the other side is a concern. ...Read more

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Has anyone had thoracic surgery vats?

Has anyone had thoracic surgery vats?

Yes: Tons of people have had this procedure. It is rapidly becomung the standard of care in many cases. ...Read more

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Can I opt for an open procedure rather than VATS procedure for treatment of recurrent pneumothorax, based on lower rates of recurrence?

Yes: Open can be very well done, and tolerated! May need one of us older surgeons to do. Mini thoracotomy, or anterior infra- mammary- cosmetic can be done easily, thoroughly, effectively and with very good pain control. One opening and one tube. ...Read more