Mr Marco Scarci has specialist expertise in video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), having spent his fellowship receiving specific training at the internationally famous University of Toronto. VATS is a much less invasive way of removing lung tissue compared with traditional open-chest surgery.
Only available at specialised thoracic surgery centres, VATS lung resections are usually performed using two to four small incisions. However, as a result of Mr Scarci’s quest to further reduce the invasiveness of surgery, all his VATS procedures are now done through a single three-centimetre cut. A tiny video camera is inserted and the images are projected on a video monitor to guide use of the surgical instruments.
Benefits of VATS
VATS is most likely to be appropriate for patients with early-stage cancer. VATS may not be appropriate if the surgery would be particularly complex because of the location or other characteristics of the cancer, or for particularly bulky disease.
'I do things for my patients that I would want someone to do for me. If I needed thoracic surgery I would find somebody who could do VATS for me.'
Mr Marco Scarci