Surgical Procedures

We provide a wide range of surgical procedures that allow us to identify the best treatment path for you.  Some of these procedures include:

Traditional Thoracic Surgery

Traditional thoracic surgery is sometimes called open-chest surgery. The surgeon cuts a long incision down the chest and does not use video or other technology to complete the procedure.

Minimally Invasive Surgery /Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)

Minimally invasive procedures are those that do not require a large incision. Minimally invasive surgery can be less painful, reduce infection risks and speed healing. You may hear minimally invasive surgery referred to by several different names including endoscopic, laparoscopic or keyhole surgery. During this kind of procedure, the doctor inserts a thin tube into the mouth or a small incision.  A camera is used to view the images captured on a monitor and use special tools during the operation. 

During VATS, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the chest. Then, he or she inserts tiny cameras, lights and tools into the body through those incisions. The surgeon uses a video feed to guide the surgery while moving the inserted tools with his or her hands.

Robotically-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (RVATS)

Like VATS, RVATS involves a surgeon making several small incisions in the patient’s chest and inserting tiny cameras, lights and tools. However, during RVATS, the doctor does not directly move the surgical instruments with his or her hands. Instead, he or she uses a system of robotic arms like our da Vinci® surgical system. It gives the doctor a magnified, 3-D view of inside the body. While watching the video on a monitor, the surgeon moves the robotic arms using a special console. The surgeon is in complete control of the procedure the entire time. Doctors Community Hospital is the first hospital in Prince George’s County to provide this type of surgical innovation.  The da Vinci surgical system allows for greater surgical precision and magnified views of the procedure area.  As a result, many patients experience less pain, reduced scarring and faster healing.