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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lung Cancer Treatment

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lung Cancer Treatment

Dr. Michael Mulligan talks about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer. In recent years there have been improvements in both early detection of lung cancer, as well as surgical techniques for treatment. Traditionally, lung cancer was treated with a thoracotomy, or large incision in the chest where muscles may be divided and ribs removed or spread. New techniques have evolved that allow surgeons to make one-inch or smaller incisions and use high definition cameras and custom design instrumentation to perform the same operation. Patients recover more quickly, have less pain, and tolerate additional therapy, such as chemotherapy or radiation, much better that patients who undergo open surgery.