risks are there from the test?
- It is easier for patients to recover from VATS compared with
regular chest surgery (often called
"open" surgery) because the wounds from the incisions are much
smaller. You will have a small straight scar (less than an inch
long) wherever the instruments were inserted. There are some
potentially serious risks from VATS surgery. Air leaks from the
lung that don't heal up quickly can keep you in the hospital
a longer time and occasionally require additional treatment.
About 1% of patients have significant bleeding requiring a transfusion
or larger operation.
Sometimes, especially if cancer is diagnosed, your doctors will
decide that you need a larger surgery to treat your problem in
the safest manner possible. Your doctors might discuss this option
with you ahead of time. That way, if necessary, the doctors can
change over to a larger incision and do open chest surgery while
you are still under anesthesia. Death from complications of VATS
surgery does occur in rare cases, but less frequently than with
open chest surgery.
General anesthesia is safe for most patients, but it is estimated
to result in major or minor complications in 3%-10% of people
having surgery of all types. These complications are mostly heart
and lung problems and infections.
Irritation of the diaphragm and chest wall can cause pain in
the chest or shoulder for a few days. Some patients experience
some nausea from medicines used for anesthesia or anxiety.