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  Anterior Cervical Discectomy
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
AxiaLIF - Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion
BAK Fusion Cages
Bone Stimulators
Cervical Laminoplasty
Complex Spinal Reconstruction
Decompression
Discectomy
Duraplasty
Endoscopic Correction of Scoliosis
Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Foraminotomy
Fusion (or Spinal Fusion)
Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET)
Kyphoplasty
Laminotomy
Laminoplasty
Laparoscopic Fusion
Lumbar Artifical Disc Replacement
Lumbar Laminectomy (Open Decompression)
Lumbar Spinal Fusion
Microdecompression
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Multilevel Minimally Invasive Screws
NeoDisc Cervical Disc Replacement
PCM Artificial Disc
Posterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy (Microscopic)
Posterior Cervical Instrumentation
Posterior Dynamic Stabilization (Dynesys)
Posterior Fossa Decompression
Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
Rhizotomy
Scoliosis Instrumentation
Spinal Cord Tumor Excision
Spine Stimulator (Internal)
Spine Surgery Instrumentation
Stabilimax NZ Dynamic Spine Stabilization System
Transforminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
Vertebroplasty
Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
X-STOP® IPD® Procedure
XLIF - eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
DLIF - Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion

 

Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

The standard open surgical approaches to the thoracic spine usually involve creating a large opening in the chest wall. Video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), is a minimally invasive (keyhole) surgical procedure. It allows the surgeon to directly examine the chest cavity without a big incision. Three or four small incisions will be made to allow the surgeon to use the special instruments (video camera and endoscope) needed for this operation. A very small video camera is used to project pictures of the chest cavity onto a screen during the procedure.

VATS avoids the extensive damage to the chest wall. Specific tools and implant systems permit the spine surgeon to remove thoracic discs. This procedure is also used to biopsy vertebral masses/tumors, release scoliosis curves, and graft bone disc spaces.

 

 

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