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How much does lung wedge resection hurt?

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Dr. Stephen Siegel
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: VAT

Video aided thoracoscopy (vat) has greatly minimized pain in lung wedge resection.
The lung is first deflated by in injecting air into the space between the lung and chest wall and the lung is deflated. A fiberoptic scope and instruments are then inserted between the ribs and the wedge resection is performed. Special staplers and instruments are used to seal the lung. Hurts less this way.

In brief: VAT

Video aided thoracoscopy (vat) has greatly minimized pain in lung wedge resection.
The lung is first deflated by in injecting air into the space between the lung and chest wall and the lung is deflated. A fiberoptic scope and instruments are then inserted between the ribs and the wedge resection is performed. Special staplers and instruments are used to seal the lung. Hurts less this way.
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