Dr. Raja Sekhara is a leading thoracic surgeon performing advanced VATS techniques to treat a wide variety of thoracic conditions. He considers the VATS technique over traditional thoracic procedures because of its considerable benefits. The thoracic conditions, he treats include lung cancer, esophageal cancer, myasthenia gravis, benign or malignant pleural effusions, hyperhidrosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, and achalasia.
He performs Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery in all patients of all age groups and follows a highly specialized treatment approach to provide them with the best surgical outcomes. He has performed more than 200 Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic surgeries (VATS) without any intraoperative or hospital deaths.
Overview of VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery)
VATS elaborated as Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery is a cardiac procedure to diagnose and treat the thoracic problems such as lung biopsy, to lobectomy and mediastinal tumor resection. In this procedure, the surgeon uses a small tube called a thoracoscope with a camera at its end to view the body during the surgery. The surgeon performs the process under the guidance of a video monitor.
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic surgery can treat a variety of conditions including diagnose and stage lung cancer, remove cancerous and benign lung tumors, treat fluid around the lungs or heart, and remove portions of a diseased lung. It can also be used in different procedures such as draining an abscess, treating gastroesophageal disease with surgery, fixing congenital chest problems, and many more.
Applications Of Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic surgery has a wide variety of applications such as
- To remove part or all of a lung
- To biopsy part of the lung, lymph nodes
- To remove the tissue around the lungs, heart, and esophagus
- To treat hernia of the diaphragm
- To drain out the fluid from the heart
- To prevent repeated pleural effusions
- To treat paralysis
Benefits of VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery)
The benefits of VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery)
- Reduced scarring
- Decreased postoperative pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Lower risk of complications
- Better surgical outcomes
- Reduced immunosuppression
- Shorter hospital stay
- Lower risk of infections
- Quicker return to daily activities
Diagnosis and Testing:
- Chest X- Rays
- Chest CT scan
- Positron emission tomography
- Pulmonary function tests
- Blood tests
- Cardiac stress test
Preparation For The Surgery:
- Stop taking all the medications before the surgery.
- If you have any other health conditions such as diabetes, and blood pressure, talk to the doctor about the medications you are taking.
- Quit smoking as it can interfere with your healing process
- Consider regular exercises and maintain a healthy diet
In this procedure, Dr. Raja Sekhara will make two to three incision over the chest wall. He inserts a video camera in one incision and other small instruments through other small incisions. Now he will remove the part of your lung affected due to cancer, infection, and tumor. If needed, he will also remove the lymph nodes. In the end, he will remove the camera and other instruments, and closes the chest infections and puts a bandage.
- Arrange someone who can drive you home
- Make sure that your stitches and staples removed in follow-up incisions
- Start regular exercises to recover your strength
- Consider walking at least twice a day
- Avoid lifting things
- Do daily activities, especially breathing exercises
- Maintain a healthy diet
- State of the art-digital cath lab
- A high-tech 3D electroanatomical mapping system
- Well-equipped ICUs and OT
- Special clinics
- Intensive care units
- Advanced OT facilities
- Postoperative care unit with monitoring facilities
- Echo Lab with advanced non-invasive facilities
- Adult and Paediatric heart surgeries
Why Choose Dr. Rajasekhara For Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery in Hyderabad?
- Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery from dynamic, skilled, and experienced surgeon
- A thorough assessment of the donor’s heart
- Presurgical optimization of overall health
- High-quality medical care
- State of the art operation theatres
- Use of latest technology and robust diagnostic support
VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery) FAQs
What Is My Hospital Stay?
Your hospital stay will be 3 to 4 days after surgery. However, the duration of hospital stay depends on procedures performed and patients overall health.
What About My Follow Up Appointments?
Follow up appointments are must for accessing your incisions and surgery area. Most people with Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery can get back to work within 3 to 4 weeks following the surgery.
Will It Have an Impact On My Breathing?
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery is known to have minimal impact on respiratory breathing. Dr. Raja Sekhara will conduct a thorough preoperative pulmonary function test to provide the patients with successful outcomes.
What Are The Most Common Indications For VATS?
The most common indications for VATS include:
- Correction of spontaneous primary pneumothorax
- Lung volume reduction surgery in emphysema
- Wedge resection
- Lung parenchymal biopsy
- Lobectomy and pneumonectomy
What Are The Other Thoracic Surgeries Performed By Dr. Rajasekhara?
The other thoracic surgeries performed by Dr. Raja Sekhara include:
- Lung Transplantations
- Lung surgeries
- Mediastinal surgeries
How To Schedule An Appointment With Dr. Rajasekhara Rao?
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