Prof. Dr. Erkan Kaptanoğlu

Use of Thoracoscope in Spine Surgery

Thoracoscopy is one of the endoscopic methods. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is surgery that is performed through the rib cage to access the thoracic (back) spine from the front or side. Thoracic surgeons have used this technique for years to treat lung and thoracic diseases. Advanced high-tech optical cameras and video screens guide us on this journey. In this technique, small incisions are made in the chest and tubes are inserted into the chest cavity.

What are the advantages of thoracoscopic surgery?

The advantages of a thoracoscopic approach to the back spine are less tissue dissection, less blood loss, less scar tissue, shorter hospitalization, faster functional recovery, better quality of life, less chest and back pain and good cosmetic results. In thoracoscopic surgery, pathologies in the back (thoracic) are accessed through the thoracic area such as thoracic disk herniation.

In which diseases is thoracoscopic surgery used?

With this surgical technique, scoliosis, herniated discs, spinal tumors, lung tumors invading the spine, spinal trauma and fractures, and spinal infections can be operated on. In addition, surgical access to the transition areas where the dorsal spine meets the cervical spine and where the dorsal spine meets the lumbar spine is much easier.

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