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VATS/Open Thymectomy Procedure - DRHC

VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery) and open thymectomy are surgical procedures used to remove the thymus gland, a small organ located in the upper chest behind the sternum (breastbone). These procedures are typically performed to treat thymomas (tumors of the thymus gland), myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune disorder), or other conditions affecting the thymus.

VATS Thymectomy:

  • VATS thymectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small camera and specialized instruments to perform the surgery through several small incisions in the chest.
  • The surgeon uses the camera to visualize the thymus gland and surrounding structures on a monitor and performs the surgery using the instruments inserted through the incisions.
  • VATS thymectomy is associated with less pain, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery times compared to open surgery.

Open Thymectomy:

  • Open thymectomy is a traditional surgical approach that involves making a larger incision in the chest to access the thymus gland.
  • The surgeon uses direct visualization and standard surgical instruments to perform the surgery.
  • Open thymectomy may be necessary in some cases where VATS thymectomy is not feasible or appropriate.

Both VATS and open thymectomy are major surgical procedures that require careful planning and coordination. They are usually performed under general anesthesia and may require a hospital stay of several days to weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery and the patient's condition.

In Dubai, both VATS and open thymectomy are typically performed by highly skilled and experienced thoracic surgeons who specialize in the treatment of thymus conditions. The surgeons at the Dubai Thoracic Surgery Clinic, located at the Dr. Rami Hamed Center, have extensive experience in performing both types of thymectomy and work closely with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care for patients undergoing these procedures.

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