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Renowned NJ-Based Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) Team Completes 5,000th Successful Procedure
Date:8/5/2008

acic ailments," said Robert J. Caccavale, M.D., Thoracic Group, P.A. surgeon. "For all potential patients -- particularly those deemed ineligible for a traditional thoracotomy due to certain risk factors and co-existing medical conditions -- VATS presents not just an alternative option but oftentimes a better choice for treatment, providing greater effectiveness and faster recovery."

VATS is performed using a small video camera attached to a thoracoscope, which is introduced to the patient's chest through one of four small incisions. The video camera then transmits magnified images of the operative area onto strategically positioned monitors in the operating room. Concurrently, the three remaining incisions serve as entry ports for the surgical instruments necessary to carry out the procedure.

Operating as a surgical team for over 15 years, the unique collaborative approach of Dr. Bocage and Dr. Caccavale has enabled them to reach this milestone in a faster timeframe than would be possible by individual surgeons who chose to conduct VATS procedures with only nurses, residents, and assistants by their side. Operating together, the duo finds that the procedures progress not only faster, but much safer -- as each highly experienced surgeon is able to work independently on either side of the patient's body, and accomplish with four hands what typically relies on only two hands to achieve.

"We feel it is of the utmost importance that patients requiring thoracic surgery know that the VATS procedure is a superior alternative to the traditional thoracotomy -- it is proven method with proven benefits," said Jean-Philippe Bocage, M.D., Thoracic Group, P.A. surgeon. "There are a number of co-existing or debilitating conditions such as cardiac disease, diabetes or osteoporosis that can prohibit traditional open surgery. What we want to communicate is that VATS allows thoracic surgery patients to return to their normal life much faster than would be possible
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